Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:The Culture of Health Care
Lecture:Putting evidence into practice
Slide content:Example Guideline Algorithm 5.6 Chart: Example guideline algorithm for the flu shot (Hersh, 2010) 6
Slide notes:6 This slide shows a very simple practice guideline that might be used, for example, to decide whether someone should get a flu shot. The recommendations on who should get a flu shot vary, but in this guideline, we see who theyre recommended for. Our first action step in the guideline is to collect some data. We branch because we need to get two pieces of data: the occupation of the individual and his or her age. We wait until we get both pieces of data, which is synchronization step one. We then reach conditional step one, where we ask if the age is less than twelve. According to this guideline, we should immunize everyone who is under the age of twelve and we should use the pediatric dosage that is modified for their weight and size. If they are older than twelve, we then ask if they are a health care worker or are older than age sixty-five. If either is true, we give the adult dosage. We go to that action step. Otherwisewhich probably doesnt reflect current practicewe dont. This is a sample algorithm to show you the different kinds of steps that you might see in a clinical practice guideline.