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Efficiently finding and using evidence to guide clinical practice and improve care

Akbashev, Mikhail Y. MD; Pittman, J. Richard MD; Dressler, Daniel D. MD, MSc

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: November 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 11 - p 31–38
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000525915.05473.01
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ABSTRACT Using evidence to guide patient care improves patient outcomes. However, the volume of clinical and scientific literature and demands on provider time make staying current challenging. Primary literature searching or using public search engines to answer clinical questions often results in low-quality or incorrect answers, potentially yielding suboptimal clinical care. This article describes systematic strategies for primary literature searching that can yield higher-quality results than an unstructured approach.

At Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., Mikhail Y. Akbashev is an assistant professor of medicine and J. Richard Pittman is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics and Department of Medicine, and Daniel D. Dressler is a professor of medicine in Division of Hospital Medicine and Department of Medicine. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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