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Clinical process improvement

Feb 2004 Issue
The Evidence-Based Medicine Heresy [Editor's Page]

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.


Oct 2003 Issue
Cost Effectiveness Begins Between Your Ears [Improving Patient Care]

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.


Jul-Aug 2003 Issue
The KISS Principle in Family Practice: Keep It Simple and Systematic [Feature]

A clear, deliberate, consistent approach will beat the alternative every time.


Jun 2003 Issue
Focusing on Today's Visit [Improving Patient Care]

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.


May 2003 Issue
Group Visits 101 [Improving Patient Care]

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.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors [Patient Education]


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
What's Wrong With This Practice? [Editor's Page]

Argues that most practices are shot through with errors that can be prevented -- or at least be prevented from having adverse consequences -- by systematization.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Can We Avoid Errors in Family Practice? [Editorial]

FPM's medical editor writes about research to identify sources of error in family practice.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Four Principles for Better Test-Result Tracking [Feature]

Lost or misfiled test results can delay needed care. Here’s how to prevent this common error in office-based practice.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Prescription Writing to Maximize Patient Safety [Feature]

These tips can help you avoid two important causes of prescription error.


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