The impact of evidence on physicians' inpatient treatment decisions.

Lucas BP, Evans AT, Reilly BM, Khodakov YV, Perumal K, Rohr LG, Akamah JA, Alausa TM, Smith CA, Smith JP. The impact of evidence on physicians' inpatient treatment decisions. J Gen Intern Med. 2004 May;19(5 Pt 1):402-9.

The authors examined the impact of evidence-based knowledge (provided mainly from UpToDate) on attending physicians' treatment decisions about hospitalized patients.Before being provided information, most attending physicians believed that they had made an evidence-based choice. After reading the information:

  • Treatment changed in 18% of patients.
  • Most changed decisions were considered to have improved the care of the patient.