Our approach to optimising medical decision-making
We employ a comprehensive 3-layered approach to patients to ensure medical reports underpinned by rigorous quantitative analysis, an expert medical review from the worlds leading medical experts and a physician advocacy service provided throughout the process.
Our Three Step Process
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Our research capabilities
Our core strength lies in our unrivalled research capabilities underpinned by expertise in mathematical modelling. We harness the power of predictive analytics and evidence-based medicine to assess the hard data. We then extract the information necessary to support the healthcare decision-making process. Here, we describe the principles of both disciplines, and how we bring them together to create a powerful synergy for you.
We utilise advanced statistical techniques in the form of regression models to perform extensive data searches of the scientific and clinical literature. This is based on the information held in your collected medical records. Our clinical decision support system (CDDS) employs data sorting algorithms which we use to identify high quality research papers specific to your medical condition.
By linking your medical records with advanced analytics – we ensure we have the highest quality data ready for rigorous critical appraisal by our team of physicians,
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the process of systematically reviewing, appraising and using clinical research findings to aid the delivery of optimum clinical care to patients.
The logic behind EBM
To make EBM more acceptable to clinicians and to encourage its use, it is best to turn a specified problem into answerable questions by examining:
- The person or population in question
- The intervention proposed or given
- The comparison (if appropriate)
- The outcomes considered.
Next, it is necessary to refine the problem into explicit questions and then check to see whether the evidence exists. But where can we find the information to help us make better decisions?
Common sources include:
- Personal experience – for example, an adverse drug reaction
- Reasoning and intuition
- Published evidence.
It is only by educating healthcare professionals and making them aware of the strength of published evidence in contrast to more traditional – and less rigorous – sources of information, that the use of ineffective, costly or even potentially hazardous interventions can be reduced. Acuitus Medical focus on the published evidence – the highest form of evidence available to inform healthcare decision-making.
EBM forms part of the multifaceted process of assuring clinical effectiveness, the main elements of which are:
- Production of evidence through research and scientific review
- Production and dissemination of evidence-based clinical guidelines
- Implementation of evidence-based practice through education and management of change
- Evaluation of compliance with agreed practice guidance through clinical audit and outcomes-focused incentives.
For any clinician, the real key to assessing the usefulness of a clinical study and interpreting the results to an area of work is through the process of critical appraisal. This is a method of assessing and interpreting the evidence by systematically considering its validity, results and relevance to the area of work considered.
Sometimes a randomised controlled trial (RCT) may fail to give a clear result, or results from multiple studies may yield different estimates of treatment effect. However, by identifying all published information in a given clinical area (systematic review) and pooling the results in a statistically valid fashion (meta-analysis) it is possible to arrive at a more precise estimate of treatment effect.