Decision Support

KEY ACTIONS FOR DECISION SUPPORT

  • Disseminate CNCDs evidence-based guidelines;
  • Use technically-sound methodology to develop or adapt new guidelines;
  • Evaluate existing guidelines;
  • Ensure evidence-based guidelines are updated periodically;
  • Embed evidence-based guidelines into daily clinical practice;
  • Integrate specialist expertise and primary care;
  • Use the shared care modality;
  • Use proven health worker education methods;
  • Share guidelines and information with patients.

EXAMPLES OF EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS:

  • Clinical decision-support systems (Bright) 
  • Guideline-driven care (Thomas)
  • Mailing printed bulletin with a single clear message containing systematic review of evidence (Murthy)
  •  Shared care to improve prescribing (Smith)
  • Educational meetings, giving healthcare professionals feedback, learning materials, and using patient decision aids (Légaré)
  • Use of computerized clinical decision support systems in primary care (Souza) 
  • Aids and support for clinical decisions (Stacey)
  • Assigning a role in decision support to a clinical provider (Watts)

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