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Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery

Based on Practice Guidelines

Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery are “point of care” modules based on currently available practice guidelines. The modules help address diagnoses and conditions most relevant to general surgeons and are used for decision support, patient-focused interactions with other health care professionals, and patient education purposes.

Practice guidelines are developed by professional medical organizations using expert committees and standard rules of medical evidence analysis. These guidelines run in length from 100 to 250 pages and can be cumbersome to use in everyday surgical practice. Barriers to the use of these guidelines include the fact that guidelines documents are lengthy, detailed and difficult to use in daily practice.

The clinical guideline summaries produced by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery will provide recommendations based on the full guideline content and grade the supporting evidence to make this information easier to use and more widely accessible to surgeon members (through mobile devices and tablets). Module development has involved a rigorous multi-step process, including contributions from experts on the ACS Board of Governors and the ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery.

Initially, this platform will be available only to ACS surgeon members, but it is expected that access to the platform will later expand to other health-care professionals and patients.

It is important to note that Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery is not intended to reflect standards of care as defined by the ACS but to serve as educational resources that practicing surgeons may use within the context of their respective practices. These guidelines should be used when appropriate based on the surgical condition and the surgeon’s experience, as well as needs and preferences of individual patients.

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EBDS Digital Book

Exciting news! A new Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery Digital Book is now available, complete with all modules in one easy-to-view format. Designed as a single compilation of all online modules, the EBDS Digital Book is the perfect tool for surgeons to download and use for educational training purposes.

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