Evidence-Based Medicine

Dec 1, 2017 Issue
USPSTF Recommendations: New and Updated in 2016 [Editorials]

In 2016, the USPSTF updated 14 previous recommendation statements and added a new recommendation on screening for autism spectrum disorder. Several updated recommendations are notable for having significant changes.

Aug 15, 2017 Issue
Top POEMs of 2016 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign [Article]

Review this collection of recommendations on how to avoid overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and save patients from interventions that may be more expensive, ineffective, or harmful.

Oct 1, 2016 Issue
Of Wise Choices, Evidence That Matters, and Leaving Old Friends Behind [Editorials]

Initiatives such as Choosing Wisely and updating services such as POEMs let us decide what's best to do based on unbiased, updated information.

Oct 1, 2016 Issue
Top POEMS for Choosing Wisely: Another Tool to Help Physicians Practice Good Medicine [Editorials]

If you're looking for concise lists of tips to change clinical practice for the better, consult this list of top POEMs for Choosing Wisely.

Oct 1, 2016 Issue
Top POEMs of 2015 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign [Article]

These POEMs were rated highly according to their potential to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment, consistent with the focus of the Choosing Wisely campaign.

May 15, 2015 Issue
If It Seems Too Good To Be True... [AFP Journal Club]

There are dangers in the early adoption of treatment modalities without repeated verification in the literature.

May 15, 2015 Issue
USPSTF Recommendations That Were New or Updated in 2014 [Editorials]

Recommendations from the USPSTF are intended to guide the clinical preventive services provided by primary care clinicians in the outpatient setting, or referable from that setting. We highlight the new and updated USPSTF recommendations from 2014.

Apr 1, 2015 Issue
Introducing Medicine by the Numbers: A Collaboration of The NNT Group and AFP [Editorials]

The NNT is a useful concept that helps convey the importance of an intervention in various populations. The NNT assigns a bottom-line number to the relative strength of an intervention, and helps put it in perspective. Toward that end, we are happy to announce a partnership with, an onlin...

Mar 15, 2015 Issue
Clinical Decision Support Linked to EMRs Does Not Decrease Mortality [POEMs]

Despite several decades of the use of EMRs and computerized decision support systems, the overall quality of data supporting their use is poor and those data show these systems do not save lives or save money. Whether patient morbidity is improved is even less certain.

Mar 1, 2015 Issue
Improving Quality by Doing Less: Overtreatment [Editorials]

The third in a series of AFP editorials that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overtreatment is an important harm that commonly follows overscreening and overdiagnosis.

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