July/August 2019: Forum for Evidence-Based Medicine
Practicing evidence-based medicine (EBM) is important in today’s health care environment because this model of care offers clinicians a way to enrich quality, provide patient satisfaction, reduce costs and improve outcomes. A common implementation of EBM involves the use of clinical practice algorithms during medical decision-making to encourage optimal care. This widely recognized practice is designed to address the persistent problem of clinical practice variation with the help of actionable information at the point of care. These E-newsletters will enable health care professionals (HCPs) to put new EBM into practice.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners and other HCPs who have an interest in EBM.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Explore the educational content surrounding obstructive sleep apnea as a means to advance optimal care outcomes.
- Recall pharmaceutical recommendations for the management of mild persistent asthma and review the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) updated 2019 guidelines.
- Apply medical management principles grounded in evidence-based medicine that could help modify and expand shared decision-making in regards to newer technologies for monitoring occult atrial fibrillation, surveillance of prostate cancer in young men, and total shoulder arthroplasty.
Ken Cohen, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Officer
New West Physicians
Sarah Chart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
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The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
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- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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