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A pragmatic strategy for the review of clinical evidence

Abstract Background Systematic reviews (SR) of clinical evidence are rightfully considered the basis for developing recommendations to support decisions in current practice. To avoid bias, SRs are expected to be systematic in their research strategy and ar ...

Rationality and the generalization of randomized controlled trial evidence

1 February 2013 Rationality and the generalization of randomized controlled trial evidence ...

Patientsmate: potentially a useful tool for documenting clinical performance

7 February 2013 Patientsmate: potentially a useful tool for documenting clinical performance ...

Oncologic multidisciplinary team meetings: evaluation of quality criteria

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives To develop a guideline with quality criteria for an optimal structure and functioning of a multidisciplinary team meeting (MTM), and to assess to what extent the Dutch MTMs complied with these criteria. Method A lite ...

Systematic review of the quality of clinical guidelines for aphasia in stroke management

Abstract Rationaleaims and objectives Aphasia affects up to 38% of stroke survivors. Clinical guidelines can improve patient care and outcomes. Given the importance of aphasia management in stroke care, the purpose of this study was to systematically searc ...

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Guideline-based development and practice test of quality indicators for physiotherapy care in patients with neck pain

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Little is currently known about the quality of physiotherapy care for patients with musculoskeletal pain. Neck pain was used as an example. The aim is to develop a set of quality indicators, including a practice test ...

Clinical studies of innovative medical devices: what level of evidence for hospital-based health technology assessment?

Abstract Rationaleaims and objectives Like health technology assessment (HTA) agencies, hospitals are faced with requests for innovative and costly medical devices. However, local decision makers are frequently confronted with a lack of high-quality clinic ...

Effects of family presence on the content and dynamics of the clinical encounter among diabetic patients

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Primary care visits often include a family member or friend. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the presence of a family member on the visit content and dynamics among diabetic patients in Famil ...

Using small-area variations to inform health care service planning: what do we ‘need’ to know?

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Allocating resources on the basis of population need is a health care policy goal in many countries. Thus, resources must be allocated in accordance with need if stakeholders are to achieve policy goals. Small area m ...

Guidelines-based indicators to measure quality of antenatal care

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives No comprehensive measurement of quality of antenatal care is available. Late booking or low number of checks are often used as surrogate for poor quality, leaving uncertainty on the actual content of the care receive ...

Cost-effectiveness of pharmacotherapy for COPD in ambulatory care: a review

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives This article conducts a literature review about the cost-effectiveness of pharmacotherapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in ambulatory care. ...

A targeted method for standardized assessment of adverse drug events in surgical patients

Abstract Objectives This study demonstrates the development, reliability and outcome of a targeted method for standardized assessment of adverse drug events (ADEs) in surgical patients. ...

Is the use of cholesterol in mortality risk algorithms in clinical guidelines valid? Ten years prospective data from the Norwegian HUNT 2 study

22 April 2013 Is the use of cholesterol in mortality risk algorithms in clinical guidelines valid? Ten years prospective data from the Norwegian HUNT 2 study ...

Ethics ward rounds: a conduit to finding meaning and value in medical school

22 April 2013 Ethics ward rounds: a conduit to finding meaning and value in medical school ...

Evaluation of a national evidence-based health care course via teleconference in a developing country

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Continuing health education is essential but challenged. In 2006, the Brazilian Cochrane Center, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, launched a mass teaching initiative in evidence-based health care (EBH) f ...

A naïve approach for deriving scoring systems to support clinical decision making

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Scoring systems are frequently proposed in medicine to summarize a set of qualitative and quantitative items by means of a numeric score. Their design often requires modelling ability and subjective judgments. This c ...

Allocation concealment: a methodological review

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives The accurate reporting of the trial methodology and results is essential for accurate judgement on the quality of the research. This review aims to assess the impact of the adequacy of allocation concealment on treat ...

Poor reporting quality of key Randomization and Allocation Concealment details is still prevalent among published RCTs in 2011: a review

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are powerful tools; it is essential that these trials are not only conducted rigorously, but reported accurately. The aim of this paper was to describe the reporting quality among ...

Communication between residents and attending doctors on call after hours

Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Off-hours medical care in hospitals is provided by residents, while attendings on call are available for assistance. This study evaluated the gap between residents' expectations and professional guidelines' ...

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