PP111 – What are evidence-based guidelines and how do case managers use them?
Evidence-based medicine has demonstrably reduced unnecessary care, reduced healthcare cost, and improved patient outcomes. Access to evidence-based guidelines supports case management decisions by providing data informed by research about estimated durations of illness or injury, common barriers encountered in recovery, and factors that may delay or prolong durations. This presentation will outline how evidence-based guidelines are created using advanced literature searches and physician consensus committees to rank and apply research to practice. Additionally, we will highlight examples of how to apply evidence-based guidelines to identify risk factors in cases that may go too long and critical questions to consider when case managers are reviewing lengthy guidelines. An interactive session will ask for audience participation in identifying barriers to using evidence-based medicine and a discussion on how to mitigate those factors.