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Semin Med Pract 
2000 Dec;3(4):19-29
Answering patient-specific questions using information resources available in an outpatient clinic
Schilling LM, Anderson RJ

The quest to improve the quality of patient care increasingly emphasizes the importance of evidence-based clinical decision making. In actual practice, however, physicians often do not seek authoritative, evidence-based answers to their patient-specific questions. The authors explore several reasons why this may be so and, using 4 actual patients from their clinic practice, offer insight into the challenges physicians face in answering typical patient-specific questions in “real time.” Information resources commonly available in an outpatient clinical practice are reviewed and “put to the test” as the authors try to answer their 4 patients’ questions.

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