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Weekly Pulmonary and Critical Care Conference in a Community Hospital Enhanced Evidence-Based Practice, Improved Physician Performance, and Provided High Personal and Professional Value FREE TO VIEW

Jaspal Singh*, MD
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Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC

Chest. 2012;142(4_MeetingAbstracts):538A. doi:10.1378/chest.1389706
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SESSION TYPE: Education and Teaching in Critical Care Posters

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: To illustrate that a weekly educational conference, in a tertiary community hospital, could help align physician practice styles, keep physicians abreast of important advancements in the field, result in improved physician alliance with evidence-based practices, and improve quality performance measures.

METHODS: 18 full-time clinical pulmonary/critical care physicians were surveyed annually since 2008 regarding their perceptions of a weekly pulmonary and critical care case conference. The author (JS) developed this conference as a forum for collective knowledge sharing on disease management, in concert with Charlotte Area Healthcare Education Network (AHEC). In accordance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) guidelines, defined measures of conference impact in clinical practice were tracked.

RESULTS: 18 participants attended over half the time they were available, and 16/18 felt the conference did "Well/Very Well" in reviewing national trends in quality initiatives related to pulmonary and critical care medicine. 17 of 18 felt that the conference provided evidence-based guidance on how to manage a variety of disease states, directly impacted style of practice, and enhanced the academic environment at the community hospital. 18/18 felt the conference provided individual, group and institutional value. Improvement in core measure performance was noted during the time of this conference, including increased adherence to protocols to prevent bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonias. Importantly, the survey results showed improved conference performance over the 3 years of surveys.

CONCLUSIONS: A weekly pulmonary and critical care conference can be an important tool for individual, groups, and healthcare institutions to promote high-quality evidence-based care, and is achievable even in a busy community hospital.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Locally driven ongoing educational conference series can improve patient care by allowing physicians to understand important developments in their field as well as provide value to the physicians, the physician group, and to the healthcare institution as perceived by its providers.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Jaspal Singh

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Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC




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