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From The CriticsReviewer: Margaret A Holder, PhD(University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: This book addresses the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) in Ambulatory Care Organizations. It provides clear concise information regarding the processes involved in the identification, selection, tailoring, implementation of CPGs in these organizations. Included throughout the text are practical strategies to assist in identifying and overcoming potential barriers for the use of CPGs. The book also provides quick references for review concerning CPGs and contains case examples and sources for locating current CPGs for potential use.
Purpose: JCAHO requires ambulatory care organizations to use CPGs in designing/improving processes that evaluate and treat specific diagnoses, conditions, and/or symptoms. This book is intended to assist individuals working in these organizations meet this requirement. These are not only worthy but necessary objectives. The authors meet this objective.
Audience: The intended audiences for this book are clinical and administrative leaders, patient safety coordinators, QI managers and risk managers working in ambulatory care organizations. It also would be useful for those who want to learn more about the processes involved in selecting and implementing CPGs in clinical practices. It is also a useful source for those who are searching for already developed CPGs and provides key information on how to tailor these to their specific organizations.
Features: Each chapter covers the specific steps involved in the use of CPGs. Practical information is highlighted throughout the book in italicized, shaded test for quick reference. Case examples for each topic are provided including actual CPGs for consideration. Readers should be aware that the CPGs presented in the book are not necessarily the most up to date. Careful review considering the current standards of care is needed before implementing in individual facilities.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference particularly for those new to the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines in practice, which will be useful for those who are introducing the concept to their organizations. It provides a through overview of "all" the steps that must occur in order to successful deploy guidelines. The text is easy-to-read and follow. The highlighted strategies are particularly useful.