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"Best help with evidence-based medicine available."
Marty Gabica, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthwise

This book is about 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. Now available for purchase.

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Delfini Tools & Educational Library: see the Menu under Terms of Use for Delfini-authored checklists, calculators, white papers and other evidence-based practice and quality improvement tools including —

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  3. Evidence evaluation tools including formulary decision-making & medical technology assessment tools
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  6. Patient-centered tools
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6. Commentaries on Evidence- & Value-based Clinical QI
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7. Newsletter for Patient-centered Help
On the Same Page
: evidence-based information, communication aid and decision support examples for health care professionals & patients — Putting Everyone on the Same Page

8. Communication Samples for Conveying Evidence
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Rx Messaging Scripts
: Messaging scripts are targeted treatment messaging & decision support tools for specific clinical topics. Tool, and accompanying template, can help you construct your own. Samples are provided.

9. Assessing Care Systems' Quality Approach
Health Care Quality System Assessment Tool
: this tool outlines key elements for a health care system to be positioned to practice an evidence-based approach for providing quality health care

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See also entries in our newsletters and samples:

  1. A About EBM
  2. Absolute Risk Reduction Explained
  3. Ace Inhibitors Messaging Script Example
  4. Alendronate Messaging Script Example
  5. American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines: Numbers-Needed-to-Treat (NNTs) for Statin Treatment in Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  6. American College of Physician Executives' Publication Page
  7. Applying Evidence: Readings About Use of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  8. Antidepressants Messaging Script Example
  9. Arthroscopic Lavage & Debridement For Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  10. Assessing Care Systems' Quality Approach
  11. B Beta-blocker Messaging Script Example
  12. Biologics Safety Review: Systematic Review: Comparative Safety of Five Biologic Agents For The Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  13. Blood Pressure Messaging Script Example
  14. Blood Pressure Quality Project Improvement Initiative
  15. Breast Cancer: Qualitative Systematic Review: Breast MRI In Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Women at High Risk
  16. C California Pharmacist Journal Page
  17. Cancer Studies Outcomes Guide
  18. Cancer: Qualitative Systematic Review: Breast MRI In Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Women at High Risk
  19. Cardiovascular Disease: Risk Calculator for Primary Prevention
  20. Case Studies
  21. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Clinical Guideline
  22. The Click
  23. Clinical Guideline Critical Appraisal Tool
  24. Commentaries
  25. Communication Tools
  26. Confidence Intervals Explained
  27. Coronary Vascular Disease (CVD) Primary Prevention: American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines: Numbers-Needed-to-Treat (NNTs) for Statin Treatment in Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  28. Cost Analysis and Number-needed-to-treat (NNT)
  29. Cost Analysis Tools
  30. CPhA Journal Page
  31. "Creating evidence-based drug monographs and drug class reviews" article: Formulary
  32. "Creating the EBM Organization" Article Series: The Physician Executive
  33. Critical Appraisal Demonstration
  34. Critical Appraisal Matters & Why
  35. Critical Appraisal Matters: Quick Facts 1-pager
  36. Critical Appraisal Sample
  37. Critical Appraisal Tools
  38. Critical Appraisal Tutorial
  39. Cross-over designs: Critical Appraisal Considerations
  40. D Decision Aid: Menopause
  41. Decision Aids: Various Topics
  42. Debridement & Lavage For Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  43. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Clinical Guideline
  44. Definitions
  45. Delfini Books
  46. DelfiniClick
  47. Delfini Favorites
  48. Delfini Rx Messaging Scripts
  49. Diabetic Retinopathy Messaging Script Example
  50. Diagnostic & Screening Studies: Readings About Quality of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  51. Diagnostic Testing Study Critical Appraisal Tools
  52. Diagnostic Testing Study Critical Appraisal: Qualitative Systematic Review: Breast MRI In Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Women at High Risk
  53. Doctor Patient Communication Tool: GLIDE
  54. DynaMed: a recommended site (with usual cautions) for evidence-based medical content
  55. E EBM (see Evidence-based Medicine Selections below)
  56. Elevated Blood Pressure
  57. EBM Tutorial—Critical Appraisal
  58. Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) Educational Resources
  59. Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) Explained
  60. Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) Glossary
  61. Evidence-based Medicine Test
  62. Evidence-based Medicine Tools
  63. Evidence-based Medicine Quiz Failures of Healthcare Professionals
  64. Evidence-based Pharmacotherapy Textbook Chapter
  65. Evidence Essentials
  66. Evidence Grading
  67. Evidence Grading (Delfini System)
  68. FFacts Sheet: Critical Appraisal & Problems in Science
  69. Favorite Tools: Delfini Tools
  70. Flu — DynaMed Influenza Portal
  71. Formulary Article: "Creating evidence-based drug monographs and drug class reviews"
  72. Formulary Management Tools
  73. G GERD/GORD: Review & Critique of Study —Improvement of gastroesophageal reflux symptoms after radiofrequency energy: a randomized, sham-controlled trial.
    Corley DA et al 03 PMID 12949712
  74. GLIDE Physician Patient Encounter Tool
  75. Glossary
  76. Grading Evidence
  77. Grading Evidence (Delfini System)
  78. Guideline: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  79. Guideline: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  80. Guideline: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)/Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  81. H Harms Assessment in Recommended Reading
  82. Healthcare Economic Study Evaluation Tool
  83. Healthcare Quality Improvement Project Tools (and scroll up to see more)
  84. Health Care Quality System Assessment Tool
  85. Hormone Replacement Therapy Messaging Script Example
  86. Hypertension
  87. I Intensive Intensive Insulin Therapy for The Treatment of Hyperglycemia in Critically Ill Adults: A Qualitative Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of the Evidence: Juneja R, Stuart ME, Strite SA - American Diabetes Association Poster Presentation & Protocol
  88. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Clinical Guideline
  89. Influenza — DynaMed Influenza Portal
  90. K Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Guideline - Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Referral
  91. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Performance Improvement - Hypertension Management
  92. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Guideline - Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)/Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  93. L Lavage & Debridement For Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  94. Legal Professionals Checklist for Evaluating EBM “Experts”
  95. Links to Non-Delfini Online Resources
  96. Literature Evaluation Tools
  97. M Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Qualitative Systematic Review: Breast MRI In Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Women at High Risk
  98. Measurement: in quality improvement work
  99. Measurement: performance measurement
  100. Medical Leaders Interviews
  101. Medical Literature Assessment Tools
  102. Medical Research Studies: Readings About Quality of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  103. Medical Technology Assessment Tools
  104. Medical Technology Assessment: Qualitative Systematic Review: Breast MRI In Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Women at High Risk
  105. Medical Technology Assessment: Lavage & Debridement for Osteoarthritis Knee
  106. Menopause Decision Aid
  107. Messaging Scripts
  108. Meta-analysis Critical Appraisal Tool (see Systematic Review Validity Tool)
  109. MRI: Qualitative Systematic Review: Breast MRI In Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Women at High Risk
  110. N New: What's New at Delfini.org
  111. Number-needed-to-treat Explained
  112. Number-needed-to-treat in Cost Analysis
  113. Observational Studies: Readings About Quality of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  114. On the Same Page (Patient-centered help)
  115. Online Resources (Non-Delfini)
  116. Online Resources (Non-Delfini) for Patients
  117. Oncology Outcomes Guide
  118. Osteoarthritis Knee: Lavage & Debridement Medical Technology Assessment & Systematic Review
  119. P Patient-centered Communications Ideas & Help
  120. Patient Communication Tools
  121. Patient Decision-making
  122. Performance Measurement Resources
  123. Pharmacoeconomic Study Evaluation Tool
  124. Pharmacotherapy (Evidence-based) Textbook Chapter
  125. The Physician Executive Publication Page
  126. Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Risk Calculator
  127. Primers
  128. Project Conduct Tips
  129. Publications (Delfini)
  130. Q QALY 1-pager
  131. Qualitative Systematic Review Examples
  132. Quality Improvement Project Management Tools (menu of tools)
  133. Quality of Care — From Variation to Improvement: Readings About Use of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  134. Quality of Evidence Readings at DelfiniClick
  135. R Recommended Reading
  136. Relative Risk Reduction Estimated from Odds Ratios
  137. Relative Risk Reduction Explained
  138. Reporting Evidence: Readings About Use of Evidence at DelfiniClick
  139. Risk Calculator for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
  140. S Safety Assessments in Recommended Reading
  141. Safety Review: Systematic Review: Comparative Safety of Five Biologic Agents For The Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  142. Same Page(Patient-centered help)
  143. Sciatica Messaging Script Example [PDF]
  144. Screening & Diagnostic Studies: Readings About Quality of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  145. Searching the Medical Literature Tool (Under EBM Utility Tools)
  146. Secondary Sources: Readings About Quality of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  147. Secondary Studies: Readings About Quality of Evidence at DelfiniClick ™
  148. Self-funded Health Plans Page
  149. Showcase
  150. Spine Care Quality Improvement Initiative
  151. Statins: American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines: Numbers-Needed-to-Treat (NNTs) for Statin Treatment in Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  152. Statins and Statins & Lipids: Two Messaging Script Examples
  153. Success Stories
  154. Suggestions for Evidence-based Quality Improvement Teams: Conducting Projects
  155. Swine Flu — DynaMed Influenza Portal
  156. Systematic Review Critical Appraisal Tool
  157. Systematic Review Examples
  158. TTest: EBM
  159. The Physician Executive Publication Page
  160. Tools
  161. Training Program Outline Sample: Understanding Medical Literature: A Simplified Approach
  162. Tutorial—Critical Appraisal
  163. V Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Clinical Guideline
  164. Delfini Videos
  165. W Web Links
  166. What's New
  167. White Papers

 

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