Online Program

Improving Quality with Evidence: Equipping interprofessional clinical teams to integrate research evidence into practice

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 10:42 a.m. - 10:54 a.m.

Elizabeth Crabtree, MPH, PhD (c), Department of Library Science and Informatics and Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Emily Brennan, MLIS, Department of Library Science and Informatics and Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Amanda Davis, MPH, RD, CHES, Value Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Ideally, patient care decisions are always based on the best available scientific evidence; in reality, however, this is not the case. Moreover, scientific evidence often takes 15 to 20 years to be incorporated into routine patient care. There are many barriers for clinicians in applying principles of EBP into everyday practice that lead to wide variations in care.


The Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Center for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) developed an evidence-based practice, project-based workshop, geared at interprofessional teams of clinicians within the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The workshop equips clinicians with the skills necessary to make evidence-based decisions during every day clinical practice, and improve and standardize care on a systematic level. During the course, participants frame clinical questions, search the most recent literature, evaluate evidence, and develop practice recommendations that drive care for a particular clinical topic. These recommendations are then integrated into MUSC’s EMR.


The primary outcome assessment is the development of a clinical pathway and accompanying order set by each participating clinical team. Ten teams with over 50 clinicians participated in the course that ended in May 2014, resulting in the development of 10 clinical pathways. Individual participants also received a pre- and post- evaluation to assess the change in their knowledge and skills related to EBP, and their utilization of EBP resources. In addition, each interprofessional team selected a number of quality metrics relevant to their clinical topic to monitor the clinical and financial effectiveness of the order set.


The EBP clinical decision support tools developed as a part of the course are embedded within MUSC’s EMR, specifically through computerized physician order entry. This integration both facilitates and standardizes evidence-based decision-making.

The interprofessional aspect of the Children’s Hospital course ensures the delivery of comprehensive, coordinated, evidence-based care across the clinical spectrum.


Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe how an evidence-based practice course geared at interprofessional teams of clincians was developed, conducted, and used to produce and integrate evidence-based clinical decision support materials in an electronic health record.

Keyword(s): Evidence-Based Practice, Health Care Delivery

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As an analyst for the Center for Evidence-based Practice at MUSC, I am responsible for facilitating the development of evidence-based decision support tools for use in the EMR with the assistance interprofessional clinical teams of content experts. This presentation will be an overview of the process used in the Center for Evidence-based Practice to develop clinical decision support tools that help improve the quality of care at MUSC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.