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Depression in Primary Care
Advising Patients on Advance Directives
Physician Counseling to Enhance Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines


This unique CME course is designed to help you improve your daily practice, starting immediately while you are enrolled in each module. The objectives of each module are below:

Learn how to directly apply the most recent relevant clinical trial evidence to your patients.

Module on Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening Through Behavioral Counseling:

You will:

  1. Learn how to increase patient acceptance rates for colorectal cancer screening, reducing risk for delayed and missed diagnosis.
  2. Receive updates on the state-of-the art in patient communication theory underlying promoting successful patient behavior change.
  3. Learn motivational interviewing techniques tailored to each individual patient.
  4. Improve skills from study of interactive multimedia, including online video vignettes, to boost patient acceptance of sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy and fecal occult blood testing.
  5. Practice specific techniques on your own patients during the course.

Module on Advising Patients on Advance Directives:

At the conclusion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Explain the legal ramifications of the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1991.
  • List 3 goals of advance directives.
  • Use goals of care in negotiating advance directives with patients.
  • Present an evidence based approach to the completion of advance directives in the outpatient office setting.




This project was made possible through a grant from the Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence and is supported in part by unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, The Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation, and Beckman Coulter. Copyright 2007-2010 Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine.

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