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'Knowledge translation' keeps treatment current
Date:6/8/2010

itting those guidelines to patient treatment requires a significant investment from physicians and educators. It's a continuous effort to try and push people toward the goal and keep moving them. It requires years and years worth of effort."

Wright also presented a workshop in knowledge translation with researchers from Columbia University, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Calgary June 4, giving participants an overview of the field and tools on implementing similar guidelines in emergency care. The session was a shortened version of a three-day course Wright and his colleagues conduct each year, sponsored by a $300,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

But Wright says it's important to continually monitor changes made to clinical practice. In an abstract presented by UC emergency medicine resident Michael Ward, MD, researchers designed an intervention to place an antibiotic needed for treatment of sepsis in the emergency room, instead of routing it through the hospital pharmacy. The hypothesis was that the move would speed up drug delivery to the patientbut results proved it took longer in the new system.

"It was a very unexpected outcome," says Wright. "There's lot of information out there now about quality improvement initiatives and how to get the best care to patients, but if you don't track the results of whatever initiative you do, you can get these unintended negative consequences."


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Contact: Katy Cosse
kathryn.cosse@uc.edu
513-558-0207
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
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