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Instructions on Validity of the Content of CME/CPD Program

OVERVIEW
CME/CPD activities accredited by CME/CPD section at Health Authority – Abu Dhabi are for the purpose of increasing health professionals’ knowledge, skills, performance and/or patient outcomes, and to assist health professionals with maintenance of relicensure. Therefore, the review and validation of the content of continuing medical education and continuing professional development activities is critical to assuring the learners that the scientific content is based on evidence that is accepted within their profession and that all scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME/CPD in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to the generally accepted standards.

AREAS OF CONTENT REVIEW
Five areas of review should occur for each content section reviewed, as follows:

  1. Review for Fair Balance—Is the content balanced among various options available for therapeutic treatment and not biased toward a particular product or manufacturer? Pros and cons should be analyzed and reflected in the content, and the content should be based on health professional competency, practice performance improvement, or increased quality in patient care rather than on a product.
  2. Patient Management Strategies and Recommendations—Are the patient management strategies and recommendations contained in the content evidence-based? Are the patient management strategies /recommendations appropriate for the target audience? Do the patient management strategies/ recommendations contribute to overall improvement in patient care outcome?
  3. Scientific Validity—Do scientific studies cited in this activity conform to standards accepted by the scientific community?
  4. Learning Objectives—Does the educational content support the learning objectives of the activity? Are the objectives stated in terms of performance-in-practice and are they actionable and measurable?
  5. Omission and Commission—Do any slides or course materials need not be presented? Are there any studies, data, or best evidence that is missing?