Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:The Culture of Health Care
Lecture:Putting evidence into practice
Slide content:What Is a Clinical Practice Guideline? Series of steps for providing clinical care May consist of text/tables or algorithms Algorithm steps ( Ohno -Machado et al., 1998) Action: Perform a specific action Conditional: Carry out action based on criterion Branch: Direct flow to one or more other steps Synchronization: Converge paths back from branches 5
Slide notes:5 What is a clinical practice guideline? Its basically a series of steps, sometimes called an algorithm [ al -guh-rith-uhm], that walks us through the provision of clinical care, either the work-up to reach a diagnosis or the steps of the treatment. Clinical practice guidelines can be provided in a number of ways. Sometimes theyre presented in a textual format or in tables that list steps to be taken in certain conditions. Often, theyre presented as an algorithm . Algorithms [ al - guh - rith-uhmz ] have different types of steps. Action steps describe specific actions for us to perform. Conditional steps describe an action based on some criterion. In branch steps, the flow may be directed to one or more other steps. Finally, in synchronization steps, we come back from the branch steps to a single point.