Funding: The Brisbane Cardiac Consortium Clinical Support Systems Program, an initiative of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, and was supported by Queensland Health.
Towards more effective use of decision support in clinical practice: what the guidelines for guidelines don’t tell you
Article first published online: 13 AUG 2004
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 34, Issue 8, pages 492–500, August 2004
How to Cite
Scott, I. A., Denaro, C. P., Bennett, C. J. and Mudge, A. M. (2004), Towards more effective use of decision support in clinical practice: what the guidelines for guidelines don’t tell you. Internal Medicine Journal, 34: 492–500. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2004.00604.x
Conflicts of interest: None
- Issue published online: 13 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 13 AUG 2004
- Received 10 April 2003;accepted 23 September 2003.
- clinical practice guidelines;
The Brisbane Cardiac Consortium Clinical Support Systems Program used multiple strategies in optimising quality of care of patients with either of two cardiac conditions. One of these strategies was the development and active implementation of decision support systems centred on evidence-based, locally agreed clinical practice guidelines. Our experience in undertaking this task highlighted numerous operational challenges for which solutions were difficult to extract from existing published literature. In the present article we provide a methodology grounded in both theory and real-world experience that may assist others in developing and implementing systems of guideline-based decision support. (Intern Med J 2004; 34: 492−500)