Validation of the Clinical Content of CPE

The DCPE Expectations of Organizers and of the Accreditation Process

The accreditation system and its requirements have been challenged globally by a number of forces to demonstrate that it values and requires that the content of certifiedCPE activities is valid.It is therefore DCPE expects organizers, and others, to assure the accuracy and reliability of the information disseminated in continuing professional education that is used to maintain licensure, credentials and competence.

CPE supports learning and improvement that contributes to maintenance of,

  • Competence
  • Licensure
  • Certification and
  • Privileges

In the context of competency in

 Professionalism

  • Patient care
  • Systems basedpractice
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Medical knowledge

DCPE defines three value statements to express the expectations of the organizers with respect to content validity and eligibility for accreditation.

Statement 1

“All the recommendations involving a CPE activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession and as an adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.”The statement says that a recommendation on clinical care must be more then firmly held beliefs or hopes for efficacy.There must be data or information available that is accepted within the profession of medicine that backs-up the recommendation.

Statement 2

“An important part of content validity is the scientific integrity of the data from which the conclusions are drawn and the recommendations crafted.”All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CPE in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

Statement 3

The DCPE hopes and intends, its organizers to be reflective of these values and accountable with respect to clinical content, so that the CPE presented meets the definition of CPE.With the assistance and concurrence of DCPE, CPE will be seen as facilitating life-long learning, thereby contributing to professionals’ maintenance of competence.