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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.
The article follows a family practice through its quality improvement project to increase physician use of clinical guidelines for asthma.
Here are step-by-step methodologies to help you select the right clinical policies and actually change practice with them.
Doctors increasingly need to know how to find, evaluate and implement clinical policies. Our primer begins with this first of two articles.
It's amazing what you can accomplish with your PC, some off-the-shelf software and a desire to improve patients' health.