Effectiveness of continuing medical education in increasing colorectal cancer screening knowledge among Vietnamese American physicians

Bang H. Nguyen, Jane T. Pham, Rilene A. Chew, Stephen J. McPhee, Susan L. Stewart, Hiep T. Doan

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Abstract

Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are lower in Vietnamese Americans than in non-Hispanic Whites. Most Vietnamese Americans have ethnically concordant physicians and are willing to have CRC screening if their physicians recommend it. We conducted two continuing medical education (CME) seminars with participants recruited from the Vietnamese Physician Association of Northern California to increase their CRC screening knowledge. We used pre- and post-CME surveys to evaluate the CMEs and per-item McNemar's tests to assess changes in knowledge. Correct responses increased significantly from pre- to post-CME for all five items on CRC burden and four of 11 items on screening guidelines and practices at the first CME and for five of seven items on screening guidelines and practices at the second CME. Continuing medical education seminars were effective in increasing CRC screening knowledge among Vietnamese American physicians. This increase may lead to physicians' recommending and their patients' completing CRC screening tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-581
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • CME
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Health disparities
  • Vietnamese Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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