Colorado personalized education for physicians (CPEP): Physicians' communication skills and medical practice


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Abstract

The Colorado Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) program was begun in 1990 in an effort to help referred physicians improve their practice behaviors through assessment of their knowledge, skills, and attitudes and the application of educational and other remedial measures. A major component of the CPEP program is to assess and, when indicated, to improve physician interpersonal skills in dealing with patients. An opportunity to focus on this component came in 1992 when CPEP received The Felch Award through the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education that provided resources for such activities. The Communications Project that is the substance of this article is still under way, but preliminary observations suggest that it is possible to assess and improve physician communication skills.

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