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Improving Clinical Practice with Patients who have Stimulant Use Disorder (StUD): Performance in Practice (PIP) and Self-Assessment (SA) Activity
Course Access Information
Original Date of Release: November 15, 2021
Enroll by: August 15, 2024
Expiration Date: November 15, 2024
Content Available Until: February 15, 2025

Ability to purchase this activity will end on the enroll by date to be sure learners have time to complete the activity for credit prior to the expiration date. This activity is available for the designated credit for three years after the original date of release. Once the activity expires, the content will be available for learners to view for 3 additional months. Access to the content will then be removed to ensure content validity in all AAAP educational activities.
About this PIP - Description and Process

Target Audience: This activity is designed to improve the competence, performance, and patient outcomes of physicians and other health care professionals. Learners will determine individual practice gaps and address them through a performance improvement plan. Learners will assess and evaluate performance techniques used in their practices.

Our goal: The overall objective of this activity is to guide you through the process of self-evaluation using evidence-based clinical quality measures. Once practices are implemented as an everyday clinical function, it is expected that you will have achieved performance change in your practice setting.  

Educational objectives of this activity: At the conclusion of this activity, clinicians will be able to:

  • Discuss epidemiology and terminology related to stimulant use
  • Describe evidence-supported behavioral interventions for treatment of stimulant use disorder
  • Identify evidence-supported medications for stimulant use disorder and compare their advantages and disadvantages
  • Demonstrate improved performance in working with patients with stimulant use disorder

Core Competencies as a result of participating in this continuing education activity: 

  • Interpersonal Skills and Communication
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Successful Completion of this Activity

You MUST COMPLETE all 3 stages and the course evaluation to be awarded credit. The Self-Assessment Exam must be completed to earn the Self-Assessment Credit (ABPN-MOC-2). Partial credit will not be awarded. 

This PIP activity follows the AMA-standardized three-stage process of a PI CME that includes: 

Stage A: Data Collection: Assess your practice behaviors.

  • Review introductory material. Expected duration 30-60 minutes.
  • Review the 9 Clinical Quality Measures of this PIP
  • Review 5 patient charts where utilizing these techniques were considered. Expected duration 30-60 minutes.

Stage B: Application and Intervention: Develop and follow your own improvement plan. 

  • We will provide you with tools to evaluate your current practice.
  • Develop a quality improvement plan. You will identify areas in need of improvement and construct an effective performance improvement plan for change. Having reviewed your chart audit data, you will identify at least one clinical measure to improve while accessing PIP tools to support and sustain the changes.
  • You will be given the opportunity to ask five (5) of your patients to evaluate your practice. 
  • It is likely (and recommended) that Stage B may take 3-6 months to complete.  In Stage B, you will construct an effective performance improvement plan utilizing PIP tools in order to implement change on the measure you identified in Stage A.

Stage C: Reassessment and Review: Reassess your practice to measure the effects of your improvement plan (post intervention measurement).  

  • You will reassess performance via chart audit by again selecting 5 patient charts for reassessment and entering non-identifying data as before. 


About the Self-Assessment (SA) Activity - Process
The 25 Question Self-Assessment (SA) Examination activity in this course is an optional, standard multiple choice examination. If you choose to complete it, and pass with an 80% score, you will receive an additional 2.5 SA CME credits, approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Nov 15, 2024
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
20 CME Credits
20 Other Professionals Credits
2.5 ABPN-MOC-2 (Self-Assessment) Credits
20 ABPN-MOC-4 Credits
Contains: 4 Courses
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