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The “PP-ICONS” approach will help you separate the clinical wheat from the chaff in mere minutes.
The article offers an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, based on the seventh report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7), and includes an encounter form to aid physicians in providing care consistent with the JNC 7 guidelines.
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.
The author describes an evidence-based process for diagnosing pulmonary embolism and provides an encounter form.
Finding the evidence you need is getting easier than you ever thought possible.
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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The author evaluates a list of evidence-based resources for the personal digital assistant and offers tips for better utilization of these resources at the point of care.
Outlines the conflict between research-minded thinking and QI-minded thinking and urges the reader to give QI a try and read Plsek's cover story.