Confronting actual practice with practice guidelines in oncology.

S. Hoelzer, Scott A Hundahl, A. Stewart, C. Reiners, R. Liu, R. Schweiger, J. Dudeck

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Improving health care quality requires the availability of data to identify and eliminate unnecessary variations in the care process. Variations can be caused by an ineffective implementation of research findings or by obstacles to the translation of research into clinical practice. The analysis of current patterns of care by the use of routine data from electronic patient records or clinical registries may help highlight these deficiencies in actual care. The growing infrastructure of information technologies and the knowledge about clinically relevant variations of routine practice may help us understand the mechanisms that are impeding the translation of research into practice. There is a need to scrutinize these variations of practice and the barriers to guideline implementation. We think that an understanding and open discussion of such reasons may help, to continuously improve the quality of patient care. This process facilitates efforts and strategies to implement evidence-based medicine in the daily routine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-171
Number of pages9
JournalQuality assurance (San Diego, Calif.)
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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