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A discourse on the contributions of evidence-based medicine to wound care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20567054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although a healthcare system crippled by lack of resources cannot perform effectively, spending more money in an ineffective system may not lead to better outcomes. To ensure systemwide resource maximization, evidence-based medicine and guidelines that consider treatment cost-effectiveness and recommend treatment for persons with the most to gain are required. To demonstrate that increasing use of evidence-based medicine can improve wound care, the effect of informed treatment decisions on improving patient care was reviewed. A Medline and OvidSP literature search was conducted of English-language literature using the MESH terms evidence-based practice and wounds and injuries. The adoption of evidence-based medicine by individual healthcare professionals can help ensure the limited resources available are used efficiently, enhancing confidence that additional funds will translate into more people receiving better wound care and having better health. Wound care professionals are encouraged to participate in conducting well-designed and controlled clinical studies of wound dressings and to resist the routine use of new, usually more expensive, dressings in the absence of good quality clinical evidence for their benefit over existing products.
Sammy Al-Benna
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ostomy/wound management     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1943-2720     ISO Abbreviation:  Ostomy Wound Manage     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-22     Completed Date:  2010-10-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8912029     Medline TA:  Ostomy Wound Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-54     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Plastic Surgery, BG University Hospital Bergmannsheil, Ruhr University Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Cost of Illness
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Diffusion of Innovation
Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration*
Guideline Adherence
Patient Selection
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Research Design
Skin Care / economics,  methods*,  standards
Total Quality Management
Treatment Outcome
Wound Healing*
Wounds and Injuries / economics,  epidemiology,  therapy*

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