Evidence Based Practice
Whether you have the symptoms of an illness or need an annual physical examination, you deserve personalized attention. That is why the medical professionals of Chapel Hill Primary Care use an evidence-based approach to help you prevent and treat disease. This approach improves quality in healthcare and ensures you receive the best possible care.
Evidence-Based Practice Definition
Evidence-based medicine is the use of the best available information to make decisions about diagnostic tests, treatments, and preventive care. Our primary care providers use this approach, along with their professional judgment, to recommend preventive care measures and advise you on the best ways to live a healthy life. Scientists gather evidence by conducting studies to determine the effects of diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, and medications. Researchers also study environmental and genetic influences to determine how they affect your chance of developing certain diseases.
The medical field changes constantly due to advancements in technology and scientific research. The rapid changes can be overwhelming if you do not have a primary care doctor who can review all of the information and help you understand how it applies to your health. New medical evidence often makes it possible to recommend diagnostic tests, preventive care measures, and medical treatments that are safer or more effective than the ones used previously. We use this evidence to help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk for developing serious diseases.
Sources of Evidence
Our primary care providers are always looking for new ways to help you manage your health. The best source of evidence is a randomized, controlled clinical study. In a controlled trial, one group of people receive a certain type of care and another group of people do not. Study participants are randomly assigned to one of the two groups before the study begins. Researchers compare the results of the first group with the second group to determine if the proposed treatment or diagnostic test is effective. This is also a good way to study the potential side effects of medical tests, surgical procedures, and medications.
Researchers also use other methods to gather information for evidence-based practice. The information gathered during a case study can help scientists determine which tests and treatments are the most promising. Expert opinions also play an important role in developing treatment guidelines for chronic diseases and determining the best ways to prevent disease in different groups of people.
The amount of information available can be overwhelming if you do not have a medical background. That is why our primary care providers are constantly reviewing new studies and determining the best way to apply new evidence to your care. If you have a question or medical concern, ask your doctor to explain the evidence to you and help you understand why certain tests or treatments work better than others. We will work with you to develop a healthcare plan that meets your individual needs. What works for one person may not work for another, so it is important to let your doctor know about any side effects or adverse reactions to recommended medications or procedures.
Primary Care Services
If you want to build a relationship with an experienced professional, contact Chapel Hill Primary Care. We use an evidence-based practice model to ensure you receive the best care at all times. Call (919) 929-7990 to make an appointment, or use the online patient portal to request an appointment time that works with your schedule.