Most countries with cultural and scientific backgrounds similar to ours address the improvement of the quality of clinical practice from different angles. Different evidence-based tools for clinical decision-making are key to reduce variability in medical practice based on the best available scientific evidence. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), together with other evidence-based products (EBPs), such as protocols, care pathways or routes, are tools that are available to different healthcare professionals. These tools have been shown to improve the quality standards of the health service delivery system, at micro, meso or macro level. One of the aims of the Health Plan (2011-2015) of Catalonia is to promote the systematic assessment of technology, quality and health research. Specifically, there is a need to establish a “CPG Office”, the objective of which would be to boost the development and use of these tools within our scope of action. Thus, the objective of this report is primarily to describe the state of the art of tools that aid clinical decision- making in the different public primary care, specialised care, long-term care and mental health care centres of Catalonia. To reach this goal, we have designed a descriptive, cross-sectional study, conducted through an online survey, which was distributed among 130 healthcare organizations, of public ownership, currently in operation in Catalonia (March 2014). The survey included 21 questions that referred to three different aspects: identification of the centre, use and organization of tools that help in clinical decision-making, and identification of the most widely used CPGs in the management of chronic diseases, as prioritized by the Health Plan for the year 2012.
Clinical decisions making; Catalonia; Tools
Carrion-Ribas C, Estrada-Sabadell MD, Benítez-Solís D, López-Valero J, Espallargues-Carreras M. Eines per a la presa de decisions clíniques a Catalunya. Barcelona: Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya; 2014.
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