Call for Papers: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine Care Above and Beyond the Guidelines Theme Issue
Dr. Barbara Starfield, well known researcher who explored how primary care influences health outcomes, noted that care of the individual is more important than care of the individual diseases a patient may have. We solicit papers that explore this concept of individual good versus what looks good by the guidelines. How well do clinical practice guidelines account for the care of individual's co-morbidites? How do family physicians or primary care providers provide value for the individual over and beyond looking to maximize evidence-based care for the individual diseases of that person? Where does family fit into this picture?
The following topics are of high priority for this theme issue:
Measures total person rather than individual disease care
Interventions that have resulted in improvements across several chronic diseases
Statistical analysis of outcomes of total health versus meeting guidelines by individual disease
Evidence that certain current guidelines are basically wrong
Law of diminishing returns: what is the differential impact of one drug per disease versus several drugs to meet "ideal" targets?
How often are the wrong guidelines used for an individual patient leading to poor outcomes (i.e., initial diagnosis wrong, going down a long and bad path...)?
How much concordant guidance is just better measurement and documentation, how much is true improvement in outcome?
The deadline for consideration for this theme issue is March, 14, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.
Please let us know if you plan to submit by sending an email message to Mr. Phil Lupo, Senior Editorial Assistant at: firstname.lastname@example.org