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Evidence-based Clinical Quality Improvement & Clinical Practice Guidelines

Patients' Guide to Making Informed Decisions
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Basics for Evaluating Medical Research Studies: A Simplified Approach
And Why Your Patients Need You To Know This

Rave reviews. Used in medical, pharmacy and nursing schools and in medical and pharmacy residencies. Read more about the book here.

The shocking truth is that most scientific research that informs most doctors' medical decisions is unreliable or is of uncertain reliability. And many doctors and other health care professionals do not realize this. Every day patients are harmed by unfortunate health care choices—and some of them die because of it. Too often this happens because of problems with the information provided to the patient—or its lack—where different information could have resulted in a very different choice—and a very different outcome.

The good news is that you only need to know a few, easy-to-understand statistics, and you need a few basic concepts to help you understand bias and chance.

Medical evidologists and clinical improvement experts, Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart MD, provide you with easy-to-understand guidance. In a few hours, you can learn basic critical appraisal skills to help you evaluate clinical trials and other medical research studies of therapeutic interventions.

Based on their popular simplified and tool-based approach, the authors show you how to evaluate the reliability and clinical usefulness of clinical trials. Written for physicians and other health care professionals, this book is written in easy-to-understand terms that even the layperson can understand and put to use.

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The Evidence-Based Clinical Improvement
Project Process Map & Clinical Guideline Advice
Practical Guidance, Advice, Strategies, Tips and Efficiencies

Are you focused on getting instruments to the surgery suite efficiently, while neglecting to examine whether you should be doing the surgery at all? Are you relying on medical science without understanding that much of it is unreliable? Are you wishing to take an evidence-based approach, but don't know how to proceed?

This book is about the process steps for optimal decision-making and clinical improvement for medical interventions. This book is about helping leaders, members and staffers of clinical quality improvement teams take the right steps, efficiently, to design, implement and evaluate an evidence-based clinical quality improvement project. A key component for such an activity, as the name tells us, is evidence—and, therefore, this book is very focused on the quality of health care information.

Delfini evidence-based clinical improvement experts and medical information scientists, Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart MD, lead you through the steps, giving you tips for efficiencies along the way.

The authors have extensive experience in evidence-based medicine techniques, evidence-based clinical improvement work and development of clinical practice guidelines. Benefit from their experience and tips for evidence-based practice and efficiencies.

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Patient Book

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What You Don't Know Can Hurt YouA Guide for Patients:
Help for Navigating Medical Information & Making Informed Decisions

"This is an important piece of work that all patients and providers should be familiar with. The included Patient Guidebook is essential to getting just the care one needs and wants—and no more. Providers should be familiar with that as well as the General Questions for Which Patients Need Answers to help patients make health care decisions which are most right for them.” Martin Gabica MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthwise

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Many times patients accept medical advice without understanding they have a choice. Many times patients are given medical advice that is not supported by reliable science. In many cases, these situations have resulted in harms to patients they might have avoided if they understood some little known facts about the health care world and communicated with their health care providers differently.

This book is about the need for you to sometimes change the course of your care based on the medical information you receive—or have not received. This book is about how to talk to your doctors and other care providers to improve your opportunities for getting the information you need to make health care choices that are best for you.

Written by medical information scientists, evidologists and health care communication experts, Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart MD, this book gives you a prescription for more effective communications with those advising you on your care.

From a patient reader: "A lovely, great work. This is absolutely fantastic information for patients! As a non-clinical person, I was able to read this without feeling that it was over my head and it held my interest until the very end. I already feel like it is something that I would want to re-read again and again as a resource for my lifelong health care journey. This is something people can draw from throughout their lives. I plan to live with it and really use it, write in it, highlight it and take it along to medical appointments to make sure I get the most from my provider visits."

“I am delighted to see this strong addition to the Delfini library. The authors have created useful models for communicating about health concerns, the ideal patient-physician encounter and decision-making in the world of health care. The content, appendices and examples are strong and relevant.” Gary Schwitzer, Publisher, Healthnewsreview.org

Read more about this book by going to the What You Don't Know Can Hurt You website and watch our video.

For free access to help for patients, you can go directly to the Reader Resource web page.

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The Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee Evidence-Based Decision-Making Handbook:
Practical Guidance, Advice, Strategies, Tips and Efficiencies

Sound medical decisions require sound medical evidence. However, did you know that many estimate that the majority of published medical research studies are not reliable or are of uncertain reliability?

You need an evidence-based process for quality patient care and to avoid waste. An evidence-based approach requires that evidence be evaluated for reliability and clinical usefulness. This book can help you.

  • How do you hire and evaluate an evidence-based staff if you lack evidence-based skills yourself?
  • What are some helpful resources and tips to save time?
  • Creating high quality monographs: How do you get the right information to the committee without swamping them with unnecessary details?
  • How do you keep your committee discussions evidence-based if your members lack these skills?
  • How do you make decisions on factors other than evidence?
  • How do you avoid typical pitfalls?

Delfini medical evidologists and information scientists, Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart MD, answer these questions and more.

The authors have worked extensively with Pharmacy & Therapeutic groups around the country to help them establish and operate a truly evidence-based committee. Benefit from their experience and tips for evidence-based practice and efficiencies.

Note: Contents are similar to our Medical Technology Assessment book, but targeted for a P&T audience.

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The Medical Technology Assessment Evidence-Based Decision-Making Handbook:
Practical Guidance, Advice, Strategies, Tips and Efficiencies

Sound medical decisions require sound medical evidence. However, did you know that many estimate that the majority of published medical research studies are not reliable or are of uncertain reliability?

You need an evidence-based process for quality patient care and to avoid waste. An evidence-based approach requires that evidence be evaluated for reliability and clinical usefulness. This book can help you.

  • How do you hire and evaluate an evidence-based staff if you lack evidence-based skills yourself?
  • What are some helpful resources and tips to save time?
  • Creating high quality technology assessments
  • How do you make decisions on factors other than evidence?
  • If you are making decisions "by committee," how do you avoid typical pitfalls?

Delfini medical evidologists and information scientists, Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart MD, answer these questions and more.

The authors have extensive experience with medical technology assessment to help you establish and operate a truly evidence-based process. Benefit from their experience and tips for evidence-based practice and efficiencies.

Note: Contents are similar to our P&T book, but targeted for an MTA audience.

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EBM Guide for Scientists to Sales Reps—
Medical Evidence in the World of Payers & Health Care Systems:
A Handbook for Industry to Better Understand, Communicate and Navigate These Worlds

Rave reviews not only from industry, but from health plans as well. Read more about the book here.

This book is written for the scientist who doesn't think about the payer—and for the one who does.  This book is written for the sales rep who doesn't think that sales reps need to understand anything about medical evidence beyond the script—and for those who know that understanding anything important in the payer world could be make-or-break. And this book is written for everyone in between. In short, this book is written for everyone in industry involved in payer medical decision-making. And the principles discussed in this book can be applied to many health systems as well, as well as other customers, such as the practicing clinician.

For non-scientists, the good news is that we make the world of medical evidence easy—we are renown for our simplified approach.  For scientists, we can help you better know how payers and health systems may relate to your science. We have extensive experience in communicating evidence in ways end-users can understand.

Evidologists, Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart MD, have worked extensively with payers and industry and can be your guide to help you bridge gaps between the worlds of health systems, payers and industry over medical evidence.

Why is FDA approval insufficient for payer approval? Why do payer decisions seem so inconsistent at times? What are some of payers' biggest concerns and how can you effectively address them? What are some of the biggest problems with medical research and its reporting—and that you can fix? How can you use evidence to establish common ground with payers and foster good relations?

In this guidebook, we give you information and insights along with practical guidance, advice, strategies and tips. We share our prescription for gap closing and bridge building—the RRAPP™ System for Research, Reporting, Appraising, Preparing to Communicate and Preparing to Connect over medical evidence.

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