Point-of-Care Guides

These guides offer evidence-based tools to assist family physicians in improving their decision-making at the point of care.

Dec 15, 2019 Issue
Diagnosing DVT in Nonpregnant Adults in the Primary Care Setting
What is the best approach to the evaluation of nonpregnant adults with suspected first lower extremity deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the outpatient primary care setting?

Oct 15, 2019 Issue
Predicting the Risk of Postoperative Pulmonary Complications
What is the best approach to evaluate postoperative pulmonary risk?

Aug 15, 2019 Issue
Identifying Outpatients with Acute Cough at Very Low Risk of Pneumonia
In patients with acute cough, is it possible to identify a subset with a very low likelihood of community-acquired pneumonia?

Jun 15, 2019 Issue
Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Determining Safe Treatment in the Outpatient Setting
When is it safe to treat a patient with community-acquired pneumonia a an outpatient?

May 1, 2019 Issue
Applying a Clinical Decision Rule for CAD in Primary Care to Select a Diagnostic Test and Interpret the Results
Using the INTERCHEST chest pain decision rule to decide next steps when a patient presents to a primary care physician with chest pain.

Dec 15, 2018 Issue
Evaluating Benefits and Harms of Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
In patients with NVAF, anticoagulants decrease the risk of stroke by approximately 60%. However, they also significantly increase the risk of a major bleeding event or intracranial hemorrhage.

Aug 15, 2018 Issue
Identifying Patients with Headache Who Are at Risk of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
When is urgent imaging warranted in patients presenting with sudden, severe, nontraumatic headache and normal findings on a neurologic examination?

Jun 15, 2018 Issue
Identifying Patients with Newly Diagnosed Acute Pulmonary Embolism Who Are at Low Risk of Death
Standard management of acute PE includes five days of inpatient treatment with parenteral anticoagulation, followed by long-term oral anticoagulation as an outpatient. However, guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians state that early discharge before five days can be considered in some low-risk patients who have adequate home circumstances.

Jun 1, 2018 Issue
Ruling Out Pulmonary Embolism in the Primary Care Setting
What is the best approach to evaluate patients with suspected pulmonary embolism in the outpatient, primary care setting?

Feb 15, 2018 Issue
Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections in Children
A recent observational study found that 2.2% of acutely ill children younger than five years met criteria for a UTI when their urine was cultured. However, in the same study, overall clinician impression that a UTI was present (fairly to very certain) identified only 28 out of 60 children with a microbiologically confirmed UTI.

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