[EXTERNAL] [IMPROVEDX] What comes first

Samuel, Rana Rana.Samuel at VA.GOV
Mon Mar 13 20:19:28 UTC 2017

The place to start would be by tidying up the guidelines themselves. What credibility do guidelines have when multiple differing guidelines exist on a topic? I believe someone on this listserve mentioned earlier that there were 6 guidelines on Atrial fibrillation, and they all had differing recommendations!

First set the standard, then promote / facilitate use of the standard!


Rana Samuel, MD, FCAP
Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (PALMS, 113)
Lead pathologist - VISN 2
VA western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS)
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From: Robert Bell [mailto:0000000296e45ec4-dmarc-request at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG] 
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2017 11:55 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [IMPROVEDX] What comes first

Could I add one big item to my list to tidy up medicine, and that is the number of medical guidelines not followed by so many HCPs.

It reminds me of doing surgery today without a sterile environment as was done in the 1800s. As we learn should we not change? Does the guideline field need studying? Do computers need to remind us of critical aspects of a guideline. What is a critical aspect?

Rob Bell, MD

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