Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary Care

  • Neil S. Skolnik
  • Doron Schneider
  • Richard Neill
  • Lou Kuritzky

Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Cardiology

  3. Respiratory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Michael Gagnon, Neil S. Skolnik
      Pages 81-99
  4. Infectious Disease

  5. Endocrinology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
  6. Gynecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
  7. Neurology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. William McCarberg
      Pages 295-302
    3. Richard Neill
      Pages 303-309
    4. David Webner
      Pages 311-316
    5. Mathew Clark
      Pages 317-321
  8. Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. John E. Sutherland
      Pages 325-329
    3. Mary Hofmann, Doron Schneider
      Pages 341-349
    4. Diane Dietzen, Doron Schneider
      Pages 351-360
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 361-388

About this book


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding. —Proverbs 4:7 In addition to wisdom, physicians need information—in many different settings—when learning new and reviewing previously learned material, during case conferences, and at the point-of-care while taking care of patients. Num- ous studies have shown that physicians regularly encounter questions that need an answer while they are seeing patients (1). Unfortunately, only about one-third of those questions are eventually pursued to find an answer, likely because of the difficulty of finding answers and the time constraints under which physicians find themselves (2–4). It is important to understand that when information is readily available, physicians utilize that information, and that information impacts on patient care and can alter the clinical decisions that occur (5–7). National clinical guidelines have been increasingly recognized as a potential way of improving the quality of medical care by giving physicians clear, eviden- based guidance on how to treat complex diseases where an abundance of lite- ture may exist. The evolution of medical knowledge proceeds along a predictable route. It starts with careful observation. Next comes the generation of hypotheses. The hypotheses are then tested through studies. These studies are eventually synt- sized into evidence-based guidelines developed through a rigorous process that includes a comprehensive review of the literature combined with expert opinion.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Neil S. Skolnik
    • 1
    • 2
  • Doron Schneider
    • 3
  • Richard Neill
    • 4
  • Lou Kuritzky
    • 5
  1. 1.Abington Memorial HospitalAbington
  2. 2.Temple University School of MedicinePhiladelphia
  3. 3.Abington Memorial HospitalAbington
  4. 4.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  5. 5.University of FloridaGainesville

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