Information Mastery: Evidence-Based Family Medicine / Edition 2

Information Mastery: Evidence-Based Family Medicine / Edition 2

by Walter W. Rosser, Allen Shaughnessy, David Slawson
     
 

Clinicians from all disciplines and specialties require up-to-date information in order to deliver the best possible care. It is imperative that information is relevant, valid, and obtainable in a realistic fashion. Information mastery is the applied practice of evidence-based medicine. Information Mastery: Evidence-Based Family Practice, Second Edition

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Overview

Clinicians from all disciplines and specialties require up-to-date information in order to deliver the best possible care. It is imperative that information is relevant, valid, and obtainable in a realistic fashion. Information mastery is the applied practice of evidence-based medicine. Information Mastery: Evidence-Based Family Practice, Second Edition outlines the techniques and resources necessary for clinicians to incorporate an evidence-based approach to the care of patients. This second edition uses "Usefulness Equation" as a guide to the Information System, whereby the usefulness of information varies directly with the relevance of information and the validity, divided by the work it takes to obtain the information. This text focuses on all three factors: learning how to obtain valid information from journal articles, reviews, CME, experts, practice guidelines, decision analysis, and pharmaceutical representatives; how to focus on relevant information - POEMS (Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters) - in order to provide more effective patient care and that which has the potential to change clinical practice; and finally, how to access this information quickly and efficiently. This edition also focuses on "Point of Care", stressing the use of computer-based systems, especially hand-held computers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550091823
Publisher:
B. C. Decker Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
Hardcover and CD-ROM
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
1Introduction to information mastery1
2The medical information jungle5
3Foraging tools : patient-oriented evidence that matters bulletin boards8
4Hunting tools in the hand : use of handheld computers to master information14
5Now that I know what I am supposed to do, how do I actually do it?25
6Evidence-based reviews and translation articles : alternatives to academic reviews31
7Getting the most from continuing medical information : only the last 2 minutes count40
8Looking behind the curtain : evaluating expert-based information47
9Obtaining useful information from pharmaceutical representatives51
10Clinical jazz : harmonizing clinical experience with evidence-based medicine61
11Bringing the best information to our patients and our colleagues : when information mastery meets motivational interviewing66
What makes the "information mastery" approach unique?74
12Looking right down to the pores : why it is important to learn how to read journals76
13Things are not always what they seem : understanding diagnostic tests83
14Prevalence and predictive value90
15Crystal balls : prognosis97
16Cause-and-effect relationships101
17Doing more good than harm106
18Using systematic reviews and the appropriate meta-analysis113
19The good, the bad, and the ugly : choosing guidelines with confidence117
20Assessing studies that involve economic analysis122
21Assessing a study on quality of care126
22Evaluating qualitative research129
23Applying information mastery and evidence in practice133
24Whose evidence anyway? A perspective on what different doctors mean by "proof"139
Glossary147
Index153

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