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, enhance the patient experience, reduce wasted and harmful care 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. The goal of this series is to rapidly transition high-quality clinical research into daily practice and thereby reduce the delivery of low-value care, while enhancing the clinician experience. Current literature will be reviewed to enable health care professionals to put new EBM into practice.
This activity, part of the OptimalCare program, will address EBM practices in orthopedic care.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Care.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who have an interest in orthopedic care.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Examine optimal conservative therapy when appropriate, prior to orthopedic referral.
- Eliminate ineffective therapies in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Outline the evidence-based therapies effective for spine pain.
- Discuss which patients with spine pain should be referred to receive physiatry versus undergo spinal surgery.
- Apply the benefits of shared decision making in the management of spine surgery and joint-replacement surgery.
Sarah Chart, RN
Ken Cohen, MD, FACP
Executive Director Clinical Research UHG R&D
Senior National Medical Director, OptumCare
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Clinical Performance, OptumCare
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Dr. Cohen has disclosed that he serves on the advisory board for Pfizer.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum Care. 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.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 0.50 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credit. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 0.50 AMA - Physicians
- 0.50 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.50 Attendance - General Attendance
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