Information Mastery: Evidence-Based Family Medicine / Edition 2

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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: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Hardcover and CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to information mastery 1
2 The medical information jungle 5
3 Foraging tools : patient-oriented evidence that matters bulletin boards 8
4 Hunting tools in the hand : use of handheld computers to master information 14
5 Now that I know what I am supposed to do, how do I actually do it? 25
6 Evidence-based reviews and translation articles : alternatives to academic reviews 31
7 Getting the most from continuing medical information : only the last 2 minutes count 40
8 Looking behind the curtain : evaluating expert-based information 47
9 Obtaining useful information from pharmaceutical representatives 51
10 Clinical jazz : harmonizing clinical experience with evidence-based medicine 61
11 Bringing the best information to our patients and our colleagues : when information mastery meets motivational interviewing 66
What makes the "information mastery" approach unique? 74
12 Looking right down to the pores : why it is important to learn how to read journals 76
13 Things are not always what they seem : understanding diagnostic tests 83
14 Prevalence and predictive value 90
15 Crystal balls : prognosis 97
16 Cause-and-effect relationships 101
17 Doing more good than harm 106
18 Using systematic reviews and the appropriate meta-analysis 113
19 The good, the bad, and the ugly : choosing guidelines with confidence 117
20 Assessing studies that involve economic analysis 122
21 Assessing a study on quality of care 126
22 Evaluating qualitative research 129
23 Applying information mastery and evidence in practice 133
24 Whose evidence anyway? A perspective on what different doctors mean by "proof" 139
Glossary 147
Index 153
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