Clinicians from all disciplines and specialities 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 Medicine, 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. Special to the accompanying CD-ROM are instructions for teacher to aid in effectively conveying key concepts.
1. What is Information Mastery? 2. The Information Jungle 3. Foraging Tools: POEM Bulletin Boards 4. Hunting Tools 5. Handheld Computers and Software 6. Confidently Changing Your Practice 7. Translation Articles and "Evidence-Based" Reviews: Alternatives to Academic Reviews 8. Continuing Medical Information Conferences 9. Evaluating Expert Information 10. Identifying Fallacies in Pharmaceutical Promotion 11. Harmonizing Experience with Evidence 12. Integrating Information Mastery with Motivational Interviewing 13. A Perspective on What Different Doctors Mean by Proof 14. Why It Is Important to Learn How to Read Journals 15. Understanding Diagnostic Tests 16. Prevalence and Predictive Value 17. Prognosis 18. Cause and Effect Relationships 19. Will a Medical Intervention Harm a Patient? 20. Using Systemic Reviews and the Appropriate Meta-Analysis 21. Choosing Guidelines with Confidence 22. Assessing Studies that Involve Economic Analysis 23. Assessing a Study on Quality of Care 24. Evaluating Quality Research 25. Applying Information Mastery and Evidence in Practice
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