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ABIM releases self-evaluation module for preventive care.

An addition to the series of practice improvement modules offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine will help internists review and improve upon their preventive care services.

The Clinical Preventive Services Practice Improvement Module is the fourth in the series of computer-based tools. After internists complete a review on how they help patients in the early prevention and treatment of disease, they will use the module as a guide in selecting a plan to improve their practice performance.

"The most innovative part of the module is the practical knowledge gained in exploring how office routines make or break a well-intentioned commitment to quality patient care," Dr. Daniel Duffy, ABIM's executive vice president, commented in a statement.

The module also includes Web links to information about national guidelines for preventive care, such as guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Board-certified general internists and subspecialists may use these self-evaluation tools toward credit for maintenance of certification. In addition to ABIM recertification, physicians who complete a module may earn 20 Category One CMA credits from the American Medical Association.

Earlier this year, the ABIM released a practice improvement module that internists can use to review the care that they provide to patients with asthma (INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWS, March 15, 2004, p. 95).

In 2003, the ABIM released other practice improvement modules focusing on preventive cardiology and diabetes care. The ABIM is developing additional modules on other topics, including heart failure, hypertension, acute myocardial infarction, care of the elderly, end-of-life care, oncology, and gastroenterology.

For more information on the practice improvement modules, go to, or send an e-mail to


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Title Annotation:Practice Trends; American Board of Internal Medicine
Author:Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:Internal Medicine News
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Date:Sep 15, 2004
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