Decision Support

Promote clinical care that is consistent with scientific evidence and patient preferences
  • Embed evidence-based guidelines into daily clinical practice
  • Share evidence-based guidelines and information with patients to encourage their participation
  • Use proven provider education methods
  • Integrate specialist expertise and primary care
Treatment decisions need to be based on explicit, proven guidelines supported by clinical research. Guidelines should also be discussed with patients, so they can understand the principles behind their care. Those who make treatment decisions need ongoing training to stay up-to-date on the latest evidence, using new models of provider education that improve upon traditional continuing medical education. To change practice, guidelines must be integrated through timely reminders, feedback, standing orders and other methods that increase their visibility at the time that clinical decisions are made. The involvement of supportive specialists in the primary care of more complex patients is an important educational modality.