Educational outreach visits can influence prescribing

Clinical question: 
Can educational outreach visits (EOVs) affect professional practice or patient outcomes?
Bottom line: 
EOVs alone or when combined with other interventions have effects on prescribing that are relatively consistent and small, but potentially important. Interventions that included EOVs appeared to be slightly superior to audit and feedback.
Caveat: 
The effects of EOVs on other types of professional performance vary from small to moderate improvements. It was not possible for this review to explain the variation.
Context: 
EOVs (also known as academic detailing or educational visiting) are personal visits by a trained person to health professionals in their own settings.
Review CD#: 
CD000409
PEARLS No: 
107
Date: 
February, 2008
Authored by: 
Brian R McAvoy