Effectively Implementing Evidence-Based Medicine

Since its formal introduction into clinical practice more than 20 years ago, evidence-based medicine has become increasingly important. Its impact almost certainly will be even greater in the coming years because payment will be for health outcomes rather than procedures and tests, with decision-making about testing and treatment expected to conform to established guidelines and protocols. As a service to the ophthalmologists it represents and to their patients, the American Academy of Ophthalmology developed and updates guidelines called “Preferred Practice Patterns” (PPPs) on the basis of the best available scientific data as interpreted (Read more...)

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