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Finding and using best evidence

Finding and Using Best Evidence

Rebecca Payne, MPH

Laura Straw, MPH

Health Analysis Department

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center


Disclaimer
Disclaimer

  • The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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Health analysis department
Health Analysis Department

  • Department within the Population Health Directorate of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Portsmouth, VA

  • Highly trained team consisting of:

    • Epidemiologists

    • Program Manager

    • Technical Affairs Officer

    • Biostatistician

    • Physician Lead

    • Navy Tumor Registry Consultant

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Objectives
Objectives

  • Define “best evidence”

  • Describe how one would find best medical evidence

  • List the hierarchy of strength of evidence

  • List examples of best evidence in Navy Medicine

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Evidence based
“Evidence-Based…”?

  • Evidence-based medicine:

    • “The conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”1

  • Evidence-based clinical practice:

    • “Evidence-based clinical practice is an approach to decision making in which the clinician uses the best evidence available, in consultation with the patient, to decide upon the option that suits the patient best” 2

  • Evidence-based practice in health care:

    • Evidence-based health care “takes place when decisions that affect the care of patients are taken with due weight accorded to all valid, relevant information” 3

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Levels of evidence
Levels of Evidence

Filtered Information

Quality of evidence

Unfiltered Information

Source: Adapted from http://www.ebmpyramid.org/samples/complicated.html

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Background info expert opinion
Background Info/ Expert Opinion

  • Quick references

    • Medscape Reference

    • 5 Minute Clinical Consult

  • Textbooks

  • Internet

  • Colleagues/experts

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Example medscape reference
Example: Medscape Reference

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Levels of evidence1
Levels of Evidence

Filtered Information

Quality of evidence

Unfiltered Information

Source: Adapted from http://www.ebmpyramid.org/samples/complicated.html

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Unfiltered information
Unfiltered Information

  • Reports

  • Case series: Descriptive study of group with common exposures or outcomes

  • Case-controlled studies: People with a specific health outcome are matched with people who do not have the outcome to compare if the groups differ with respect to potential causes

  • Cohort studies: People exposed to a cause or a treatment are compared to those not exposed to determine if they differ with respect to risk of some outcome

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Unfiltered information1
Unfiltered Information

  • Randomized Controlled Trials

    • “Gold standard”

    • Experimental design

    • Participants are randomly assigned to a control condition or to an experimental condition

    • Minimizes bias

    • Drawbacks: Expensive and time consuming

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Unfiltered information resources
Unfiltered Information Resources

  • PubMed

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

  • Ovid MEDLINE http://www.ovid.com/site/catalog/DataBase/901.jsp

  • PsychINFO

  • www.apa.org/psycinfo/

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Example pubmed
Example: PubMed

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Example pubmed1
Example: PubMed

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Levels of evidence2
Levels of Evidence

Filtered Information

Quality of evidence

Unfiltered Information

Source: Adapted from http://www.ebmpyramid.org/samples/complicated.html

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Filtered evidence
Filtered Evidence

  • Critically Appraised Individual Articles

  • Synopsis and evaluation of individual research studies

  • Critically Appraised Topics

  • Synthesis and evaluation of multiple research studies

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Caia resources
CAIA Resources

  • ACP Journal Club

  • http://acpjc.acponline.org/

  • Evidence Updates- from the BMJ Evidence Center

  • http://plus.mcmaster.ca/evidenceupdates/

  • Any “Evidence-Based…” Journal series (i.e. Evidence-Based Nursing)

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Cat resources
CAT Resources

  • AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse http://guideline.gov/index.aspx

  • Clinical Evidence

    • http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/x/index.html

  • Essential Evidence Plus- POEMs

    • http://www.essentialevidenceplus.com/

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Cat resources1
CAT Resources

  • The VHA/ MHS have their own Clinical Practice Guidelines

    • http://www.healthquality.va.gov/

    • VA/DoD Evidence-Based Practice Guideline Work Group (EBPWG) include representatives from all military branches and the VA

    • EBPWG selects topics based on cost, volume, risk, and feasibility.

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Example va dod cpgs
Example: VA/DoD CPGs

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Levels of evidence3
Levels of Evidence

Filtered Information

Quality of evidence

Unfiltered Information

Source: Adapted from http://www.ebmpyramid.org/samples/complicated.html

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Filtered information
Filtered Information

  • Systematic Review:

  • Searching for, recording, analyzing and interpreting the existing evidence 4

  • Meta-Analysis:

  • Applying a statistical formula to measure the effect, size, and

  • impact of treatment programs 4

  • Example From Cochrane:

  • Exercise or Exercise and Diet for preventing

  • type 2 diabetes7

    • 8 trials, with ~5,000 participants

    • Conclusion: Exercise and diet can decrease

    • type 2 diabetes

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Systematic review resources
Systematic Review Resources

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

    • www.cochrane.org

  • The Database of Abstracts of Review of Effects (DARE)

    • http://www.ovid.com/site/products/ovidguide/daredb.htm

    • PUBMED

    • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?otool=yalelib&dr=citation

  • Ovid MEDLINE

Source: http://www.ebmpyramid.org/samples/complicated.html

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Example uspstf
Example: USPSTF

  • US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

    • http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/

  • Independent group of prevention and EBM experts that makes recommendations about clinical preventive services

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Example uspstf1
Example: USPSTF

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Cervical cancer screening
Cervical Cancer Screening

  • What is the evidence for routine cervical caner screening in women?

  • US Preventive Services Task Force

Source: Whitlock, E.P., Vesco, K.K., Eder, M., Lin, J., Senger, C., Burda, B., Liquid Based Cytology and Human Papillomavirus Testing to Screen for Cervical Cencer: A Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2011. Vol 155 No 10. p 687-697

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Cervical cancer ctd
Cervical Cancer, Ctd

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Cervical cancer ctd1
Cervical Cancer, ctd.

  • Does everyone agree?

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/pdf/guidelines.pdf

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PTSD

  • What is the best evidence available about treatment for PTSD?

  • VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline:

Source: VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline: Management of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Reaction (2010). http://www.healthquality.va.gov/Post_Traumatic_Stress_Disorder_PTSD.asp

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Ptsd cont d
PTSD Cont’d

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Ptsd cont d1
PTSD Cont’d

  • Cochrane Review: PTSD

  • Psychological and psychosocial interventions

    • “Some types of psychological treatment (individual trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy/exposure therapy [TFCBT], eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing [EMDR], stress management, and group TFCBT) were effective in the treatment of PTSD, and individual TFCBT and EMDR appeared to be superior to stress management at two to five months. Insufficient evidence was available to determine whether psychological treatment is harmful, but there was greater drop-out in active treatment groups. Caution is needed in interpreting these results because of considerable unexplained heterogeneity, and the potential impact of publication bias”

  • Pharmacotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder

    • “Medication treatments can be effective in treating PTSD, acting to reduce its core symptoms, as well as associated depression and disability. The findings of this review support the status of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors as first-line agents in the pharmacotherapy of PTSD, as well as their value in long-term treatment. However, there remain important gaps in the evidence base, and a continued need for more effective agents in the management of PTSD.”

  • Source: http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/details/collection/1045825/Cochrane-Evidence-Aid-resources-for-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-following-nat.html

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Hedis
HEDIS

  • NCQA’s Health Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)

  • Widely used set of health performance indicators

  • Desirable attributes for HEDIS measures are:

    • Relevance

    • Scientific Soundness –Clinical Evidence! (There should be evidence documenting the link between clinical processes and outcomes that measures address)

    • Feasibility

  • Source: HEDIS Technical Specification Manual

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Evidence applications
Evidence Applications

  • In Military Medicine: Population Health Navigator/CarePoint

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Analysis application
Analysis Application

  • How could we apply best evidence when measuring healthcare?

  • Look for best evidence: systematic reviews, CPGs, research

  • Assess evidence

  • Look for existing measures; if none exist, look for “measurable points” in evidence.

  • Ensure proposed measure is meaningful and feasible

  • Develop measure

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Application example mtbi metrics
Application Example: mTBI Metrics

  • Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) Program:

    • Navy Medicine effort to monitor and improve the care offered to wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families

  • mTBI Metrics

    • TBI Screening: Percent of Coded Head Injury/Trauma Patients Coded as Screened for TBI

    • Co-Occurring Conditions Screen: Percent of Coded mTBI Patients Coded as Screened for Co-Occurring Conditions

    • Six Week Follow Up Visit: Percent of Coded mTBI Patients with Follow-Up within Six Weeks


Mtbi metrics example cont d
mTBI Metrics Example (cont’d)

  • Metric Definitions:

    • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) Concussion and mTBI Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)

  • Coding Guidance:

    • Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE PH/TBI)

    • Navy Medicine TBI subject matter experts (SMEs)


mTBI Metrics Example (cont’d)

General Coding Guidance & CPG Recommendation


mTBI Metrics (cont’d)

CPG Recommendation:

“Regardless of the time that has elapsed since injury, management should begin with the patient’s first presentation for treatment,” and head injury cases should be screened for TBI.

All Head Injury Cases: 5%

Active Duty Only: 7%

Not using codes?

Not screening for TBI?

Actual process different than recommendation?


References
References

  • Sackett,D., Richardson, W., Rosenberg, W., & Haynes, R. (1997). Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and the EBM. New York:Churchill Livingston.

  • Muir Gray, J.A. (1997) Evidence-based healthcare: How to make health policy and management decisions. London:Churchill Livingstone.

  • Hicks, N. (1997). Evidence based healthcare. Bandolier, 4(39),8.

  • Roberts, A., Yeager, K. (2004). Evidence-Based Practice Manual. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  • Whitlock, E.P., Vesco, K.K., Eder, M., Lin, J., Senger, C., Burda, B. (2011). Liquid Based Cytology and Human Papillomavirus Testing to Screen for Cervical Cencer: A Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Annals of Internal Medicine. 155 (10),687-697.

  • Framingham Heart Study http://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/about/history.html

  • Orozco LJ, Buchleitner AM, Gimenez-Perez G, RoquéiFiguls M, Richter B, Mauricio D. Exercise or exercise and diet for preventing type 2 diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD003054. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003054.pub3

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Navy and marine corps public health center health analysis

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health CenterHealth Analysis

CAPT Paul Rockswold, MD, MPH

Head, Health Analysis

P: 757-953-0690

Email: [email protected]

Rebecca Payne, MPH

P: 757-953-0620

Email: [email protected]

Laura Straw, MPH

P: 757-953-3776

Email: [email protected]

web: http://www-nehc.med.navy.mil/Data_Statistics/Health_Analysis/ha_overview.aspx

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