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Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Standard of Care (1 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties.

Original Release Date: December 10, 2012
Review Date: September 21, 2016
Expiration Date: September 30, 2018

Description: Twenty years ago, the AMA noted an alarming trend by physicians and hospitals: they were treating the terms “standard of care” and “clinical practice guidelines” virtually interchangeably, a trend that has only increased over time.  In a video interview, cardiologist Frederick J. White and healthcare attorney Katy Caraway show how this confusion of terms can rebound against the physician.  They discuss the reasons why the terms should not be confused or misapplied. They show how guidelines change over time, how they may not be expected to apply to all patients, and how they may conflict with other guidelines.   They present risk management recommendations to assist the physician in identifying which guidelines to be aware of, how to evaluate the strength of evidence for guidelines, and how to take precautions when departing from them.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
a. Differentiate standard of care from clinical practice guidelines and explain how conflating these two terms can rebound against the physician.
b. State the two most important sources of guidelines for physicians to be aware of, and the importance of evaluating the strength of evidence underlying guidelines.
c. State one risk reduction strategy for what to do when departing from a guideline or measure that has been adopted by your facility or institution.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety

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Disclosure:  The speakers, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speakers & Medical Writer: Frederick Jeff White, III, MD, FACC, FCCP & Katy Caraway, JD & Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM - Read full bios

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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