Essential Evidence: Medicine that Matters
Each POEM contains:
- Clinical Question: Poses a question that the study seeks to answer.
- Bottom line: Summarizes the findings of the research and places these findings into the context with the known information on the topic. The bottom line also is designed to help readers understand how to apply the results.
- LOE: Each review is given a Level of Evidence indicator. This allows the reader to discern an overall sense of how well the new information is supported.
- Reference: Displays the citation of the article being reviewed.
- Study Design: Identifies the procedures of the study (i.e., Meta-Analysis, randomized controlled trial).
- Setting: Identifies the environment in which the study took place (i.e., outpatient, inpatient).
- Synopsis: Provides a brief overview of the study design and results, but is not an abstract. The editors have pulled out only the most important information – the materials that readers need to judge the validity of the research and to understand the results.
The manual opens with two complementary, original chapters:
1) Introduction to Information Mastery which covers the skills physicians need to practice the best medicine.
2) An Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine that reviews the key concepts and principles behind this practice model.
Taking an Evidence-Based Approach to the Care of Patients.
How to Become an Information Master: Feeling Good about NOT Knowing Everything.
InfoPOEMs (Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters).
Prevention and screening.
Acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndromes.
Atrial fi brillation.
Coronary artery disease.
COX-2 inhibitors and heart disease.
Peripheral vascular disease and aneurysm.
Venous thromboembolism diagnosis and prognosis.
Care of Infants and Children.
Other pediatric problems.
Respiratory infections and fever.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Diet and exercise.
Mental health problems.
Prevention of cancer.
Upper respiratory problems.
Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat.
Diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
Dyspepsia and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Cervical and endometrial cancer.
Infertility and contraception.
Urinary tract infection and dysuria.
Back and neck pain.
Degenerative joint disease.
Osteoporosis and fractures.
Other musculoskeletal problems.
Syncope and vertigo.
Psychology and Substance Abuse.
Antipsychotics and schizophrenia.
Anxiety and stress.
Lower respiratory infections.
Other skin problems.
Surgery + Procedures.
Implantable defi brillators.
Orthopeidcs and sports medicine.
Vascular surgery and procedures.
Systems of Care.
Care of children.
Process of care.
Dysuria and urinary tract infection.