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Page: Questions About You
1. Which best describes your professional or organizational affiliation (please pick only one even if more than one applies):
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Medical School/Medical Society/CME Provider
4.0%8
Medical Professional Society
3.5%7
Advertising agency
3.5%7
Consumer or patient
2.5%5
Independent Consultant/Consulting Company
18.4%37
Marketing Communications or PR agency
5.0%10
Medical Education Communications Company (MECC)
21.4%43
Pharmaceutical, biotech, or drug device company
21.4%43
Physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional
12.4%25
Publishing/Media
4.0%8
Other (please describe)
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4.0%8

2. Is your organization accredited by ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education)?
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Yes
27.4%55
No
67.2%135
Don't Know
5.5%11

3. Do you work for an organization doing business in the United States?
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Yes
85.6%172
No
14.4%29

4. Please indicate how supportive you are of the pharmaceutical industry in general.
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In general, I am:50.7% (102)32.8% (66)9.0% (18)4.5% (9)3.0% (6)1.24201

Page: Your Views
5. For each of the following CME funding scenarios, please indicate what you believe to be the level of potential bias. "company" = pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer
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No commercial support (activity is funded entirely by attendee registration)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.000
100% commercially supported by a SINGLE company0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.000
100% commercially supported by TWO or more companies0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.000
Faculty includes members of company speakers bureaus0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.000
Faculty includes members whose research is supported by company grants0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.000
Faculty receives NO funding from companies0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.000
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6. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements regarding pharma industry-sponsored, ACCME accredited CME.
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Referring to single-company sponsored CME, I believe it is strongly biased in favor of the sponsor's product(s).15.2% (30)22.2% (44)13.6% (27)31.8% (63)17.2% (34)0.14198
ACCME guidelines regarding "firewalls" between the commercial and educational interests of a CME provider are effective in preventing bias in pharma-sponsored CME.16.8% (33)21.4% (42)17.3% (34)32.7% (64)11.7% (23)0.01196
Pharma-sponsored CME should be eliminated or greatly reduced and other means found for paying to develop CME (eg, direct payment by physicians, government grants, private foundation grants, etc.)40.2% (80)17.1% (34)9.0% (18)17.1% (34)16.6% (33)-0.47199
Industry sponsorship of CME is vital to the improvement of medical outcomes.13.1% (26)16.2% (32)11.1% (22)30.8% (61)28.8% (57)0.46198
The best way for pharmaceutical companies to sponsor CME is through block grants made to medical schools and/or professional societies.31.5% (63)16.5% (33)14.0% (28)23.0% (46)15.0% (30)-0.27200

7. OPTIONAL: Please provide any further comments you may have regarding pharma industry sponsored CME.
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8. Should pharma/device companies cease funding CME courses provided directly by for-profit, third-party companies (eg, medical education and communication companies), but continue paying for courses offered by medical schools, teaching hospitals and medical societies?
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Yes
33.3%45
No
37.8%51
Maybe, it depends (please add comment below)
23.7%32
No opinion
5.2%7
Other (please specify)
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9. Referring to the above ACCME finding, please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.
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Those who write promotional materials should be excluded from having any role in writing CME content.23.5% (23)17.3% (17)15.3% (15)24.5% (24)19.4% (19)-0.0198
Those who teach in promotional activities should be excluded from teaching in independent CME activities.32.6% (31)20.0% (19)16.8% (16)14.7% (14)15.8% (15)-0.3995
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