Clinical guidelines

July/August 2015 Issue
How to Help Your Patients Choose Wisely [Feature]

Steer patients away from inappropriate and overused procedures that can diminish health care.

January/February 2014 Issue
Pre-Op Eval [SPPACES: App Reviews]

The Pre-Op Eval app provides evidence-based guidelines for the preoperative evaluation of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery and perioperative medication management.

March/April 2012 Issue
Clinical Decision Support: Using Technology to Identify Patients' Unmet Needs [Feature]

The authors explain how to successfully incorporate a clinical decision support system into a practice's workflow and describe available systems that provide point-of-care support.

January/February 2010 Issue
Tools and Strategies for Improving Asthma Management [Feature]

The article describes the quality-improvement tools and strategies the authors used to increase adherence to evidence-based guidelines and improve asthma care in their family medicine clinic.

May 2004 Issue
A Simple Method for Evaluating the Clinical Literature [Feature]

The article teaches physicians how to quickly evalute the usefulness of a clinical research article using the PP-ICONS acronym: problem, patient population, intervention, comparison, outcomes, number, statistics.

Feb 2004 Issue
Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism [Improving Patient Care]

The author describes an evidence-based process for diagnosing pulmonary embolism and provides an encounter form.

Feb 2004 Issue
Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice [Feature]

The article explains what has prompted the rise of evidence-based medicine"(EBM) and how busy physicians can incorporate EBM into their everyday practices.

Feb 2004 Issue
The Evidence-Based Medicine Heresy [Editor's Page]

The tools and resources of evidence-based medicine (EBM) are extremely valuable. Just don't forget that EBM still has cult status in the eyes of many and that people still occasionally enjoy burning a heretic at the stake.

Jan 2004 Issue
Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Clinical Interventions [Improving Patient Care]

The article discusses the importance of engaging patients in cost-benefit discussions before deciding on their care plan. It also introduces several risk calculators (both paper and online versions) that physicians should become familiar with.

Sep 2003 Issue
Making Decisions at the Point of Care: Sore Throat [Improving Patient Care]

The article presents an evidence-based encounter form designed to help physicians improve their diagnosis of strep throat. This is the first in a series of articles that offer evidence-based tools to assist family physicians in improving their decision making at the point of care. Future articles will feature forms useful in dealing with other common or important conditions seen in family practice. Companion articles will appear in American Family Physician.

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