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Clinical process improvement
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 explains the importance of clinical judgment and physicians' ability to focus on what's important. He shares lessons that have helped him meet patients' needs while avoiding useless tests and ineffective treatments.
A clear, deliberate, consistent approach will beat the alternative every time.
The article describes how one family practice uses a "today's visit" form to help patients focus on what they really want out of the current visit, leaving them more satisfied with their care and less likely to call with follow-up questions.
In addition to providing step-by-step instructions for launching group visits, the authors lay out the rationale for group visits and how to code for them.
Lost or misfiled test results can delay needed care. Here’s how to prevent this common error in office-based practice.
These tips can help you avoid two important causes of prescription error.
The author, a family physician, contributes her thoughts on patient safety and error reduction as a doctor and as the daughter of a sick parent who received suboptimal care.
The article presents a patient handout, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that explains to patients how they can help their doctors provide better care.