Evidence-based medicine initiatives

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a way of delivering health care that applies evidence gained from scientific study. EBM initiatives to improve patient care quality and safety at Duke include: 

Computerized physician order entry. EBM is the foundation of our CPOE order sets.

PCI protocols are evidence-based protocols and orders used by the physicians, nurses, and health care team for heart attack patients who need a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a procedure in which a balloon or stent is used to treat a blockage in one or more of the arteries of the heart.

Research to define best practices for care. Researchers at Duke conduct hundreds of clinical trials and outcome studies each year to prove which medications, procedures, and devices are most effective. The results of these research studies, in combination with medical literature and best practice guidelines, are used to provide the highest quality patient care.

Standardized order sets are evidence-based medicine physician orders developed for specific diseases and conditions.