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Table 1 Participation in formal CME in Finland in 2005 according to specialty group

From: Amount of external CME in groups of specialties: a nation-wide survey among Finnish doctors

  Total number of working-age specialists* Respondents, n (%) Participation in formal CME, days' mean (95% CI) IRR (95% CI)**
Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine 663 430 (64.9) 7.8 (7.4-8.3) 1.00 (reference)
Diagnostic specialties (Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Pathology) 429 260 (60.6) 8.6 (7.9-9.3) 1.09 (1.03-1.15)
General Practice/Family Medicine 1,737 1,327 (76.4) 7.8 (7.4-8.1) 0.98 (0.94-1.02)
Neurology 257 191 (74.3) 10.3 (9.3-11.2) 1.32 (1.25-1.39)
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 598 455 (76.1) 9.4 (8.9-10.0) 1.20 (1.15-1.26)
Occupational Health 561 413 (73.6) 7.9 (7.4-8.4) 0.99 (0.94-1.04)
Ophthalmology 396 280 (70.7) 7.6 (7.1-8.2) 0.97 (0.92-1.03)
Other specialties (Phoniatrics, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Geriatrics, Dermatology and Allergology, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Sports Medicine, Oncology, Public Health, Forensic Medicine, Clinical Genetics) 750 556 (74.1) 9.4 (8.8-10.0) 1.20 (1.15-1.25)
Otolaryngology 300 215 (71.7) 8.0 (7.4-8.7) 1.02 (0.96-1.08)
Paediatric specialties (Paediatrics and Child Neurology) 592 426 (72.0) 9.6 (9.0-10.3) 1.23 (1.17-1.29)
Psychiatric specialties (Adolescent P., Child P., Forensic P., Psychiatry) 1,234 831 (67.3) 8.9 (8.3-9.5) 1.13 (1.09-1.18)
Radiology 549 340 (61.9) 7.7 (7.2-8.2) 0.98 (0.93-1.03)
Respiratory Medicine and Allergology 194 147 (75.8) 9.4 (8.0-10.7) 1.20 (1.12-1.27)
Specialties related to Internal Medicine (Cardiology, Clinical Haematology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Rheumatology) 1,103 783 (71.0) 9.8 (9.5-10.2) 1.26 (1.21-1.31)
Surgical specialties (Cardiothoracic S., Gastroenterologic S., General S., Hand S., Neurosurgery, Oral and Maxillofacial S., Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Paediatric S., Plastic S., Urology, and Vascular Surgery) 1,135 720 (63.4) 10.4 (9.9-10.9) 1.32 (1.27-1.38)
All 10,498 7,374 (70.2) 8.8 (8.7-9.0) --
  1. CME = Continuing Medical Education, CI = confidence interval, IRR = Incidence Rate Ratio
  2. *Under the age of 63.
  3. **Poisson regression analysis was adjusted for age, gender and working sector (public/private).
  4. Specialties with a small number of physicians were combined in order to maintain confidentiality.