CME Bulletin Focuses on Docs Helping Patients Modify Unhealthy Habits

Continuing medical education for family physicians on how to help their patients modify unhealthy behaviors

In 2003, the American Academy of Family Physicians published and distributed to its 55,000 members a continuing medical education (CME) bulletin that focuses on techniques family physicians can use to help patients modify unhealthy behavior in four areas: smoking, alcohol, diet and lack of exercise.

Key Results

  • In 2003, the academy published the CME bulletin, "Integrating Health Behavior Counseling into Routine Primary Care." The bulletin includes:

    • Advice on health behavior counseling during primary care office visits.
    • The elements of effective counseling for smoking cessation and intervention for problem drinkers.
    • Recommendations on counseling patients on healthy diet and physical activity that were developed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
    • Strategies for identifying sources of support in the community to supplement practice-based interventions.
  • In the year following publication of the bulletin, 2,469 physicians completed the post-test on the material, enabling them to earn one CME credit.