Evidence-based practice

The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock

Definitions of sepsis and septic shock were last revised in 2001. Considerable advances have since been made into the pathobiology (changes in organ function, morphology, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, and circulation), management, and epidemiology of sepsis, suggesting the need for reexamination.

Clinical Calculators

Evidence-based clinical decision support tools and calculators for medical professionals

Modern medicine is becoming increasingly complex and specialized. While clinical decision support systems, such as this website, cannot replace a clinician, they can be valuable tools to augment the quality of care. ClinCalc.com was specifically designed for the clinician seeking to utilize and understand the most recent evidence-based medicine to improve patient care.

Quick summaries of evidence-based medicine

We are a group of physicians that have developed a framework and rating system to evaluate therapies based on their patient-important benefits and harms as well as a system to evaluate diagnostics by patient sign, symptom, lab test or study.

We only use the highest quality, evidence-based studies (frequently, but not always Cochrane Reviews), and we accept no outside funding or advertisements.

Infection Prevention Tools

The audit tools and checklists below are intended to promote CDC-recommended practices for infection prevention in hemodialysis facilities. The audit tools and checklists can be used by individuals when assessing staff practices. They can also be used by facility staff themselves to help guide their practices.

New Canadian Web Resources Provide Evidence on Healthy Aging and Long-Term Care

Three Canadian organizations — CADTH, RxFiles, and McMaster University — are focusing on senior health and promoting evidence-based decision-making.

Canadian Injury Prevention Resource

The Canadian Injury Prevention Resource is the result of the vision and collaboration of the Canadian Collaborating Centres on Injury Prevention (CCCIP) network and its members, and is made possible by the valuable support and financial resources of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Antimicrobial Resistance - Bugs & Drugs

Bugs & Drugs is an antimicrobial reference guide for healthcare professionals.

For more information about the guide, including how to order a hard copy or iPhone app, as well as links to new content, see the Bugs & Drugs main page.

Complimentary hard copies are no longer available, but BC physicians and BC Nurse Practitioners can order a complimentary iPhone application. Android applications may be purchased through Google Play.

Better Together: Partnering with Families

Better Together: Partnering with Families is a North American campaign encouraging hospitals to review their visiting policies with a view to adopting family presence policies. Family presence enables patients to designate family members and loved ones who can stay by their side 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This approach creates a welcoming environment that enables family and caregivers to more fully participate in patient care by being present for physician rounds and helping with transitions in care.

Accessing Health And Health-Related Data in Canada

Canadians care deeply about health care — for themselves, their families, and their communities. Ensuring that the health-care system can deliver the best possible care depends fundamentally on research that is supported by high-quality data. Much of the data relevant to health research arise from interactions within the health system — every encounter with a physician, a pharmacist, a laboratory technician, or hospital staff generates data. In the last several years there has been an explosion in the sheer volume and variety of health data. In addition, advances in information technology are making available new ways to manage health data. Understanding the best ways to access, store, and govern these data is an important issue for Canada and Canadians.

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