From classroom to clinical: three doctors share their experience of BMJ Best Practice
Three doctors from PGIMER share their experience of BMJ Best Practice, a decision-support tool for use at the point of care.
Supporting new doctors
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh is committed to the highest standard of postgraduate medical education across a broad range of disciplines. As postgraduates make the transition from the classroom into clinical environments, the need for efficient and authoritative decision-support is vital. Three doctors from PGIMER share their experience of BMJ Best Practice, a decision-support tool for use at the point of care.
Information you can digest
Dr Joseph L Matthew, said: “Unlike traditional text books, each topic within Best Practice is broken down into various sections. You can use the tabs to skim through the information until you find what you need. The bite-sized components make it very easy to access, read and digest the information. You can then drill down further and read the relevant information in depth. The inclusion of evidence grades is particularly valuable to assess the quality of the information presented.” He goes on to add: “Best Practice is quite a unique concept, it goes so much further than diagnostic reminder systems. Instead it presents step-by-step guidance on each topic, helping you to make both diagnosis and treatment decisions. It provides very comprehensive decision support across all specialities and disciplines of healthcare.”
Designed for practical use
The intuitive interface and the step-by-step guidance has been designed specifically to give doctors easy-to-use, yet effective support in clinical decision making. Dr Usha, MD, DM is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology and comments on the benefits this can bring: “BMJ Best Practice is exceptionally well designed. Relevant information can be accessed easily and efficiently and can be applied at the point of care. It is a resource that I have been able to dip in and out of when I have needed to. I have used it to manage a variety of conditions, ranging from malaria to cholangitis. The range of content within BMJ Best Practice gives me confidence in my decision-making as I can refer to the supporting evidence and guidelines provided. It is an excellent tool to practice evidence-based medicine.”
Dr Sourabh Dutta, MD, PhD concludes: “I have found BMJ Best Practice to be an excellent product. It is well designed and has an impressive range of content. I have referred to it following patient consultations and it has provided me with answers to specific issues concerning both treatment and diagnosis.”
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BMJ Best Practice is exceptionally well designed. Relevant information can be accessed easily and efficiently and can be applied at the point of care."
Dr Usha, MD, DM, Associate Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology.