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Use Clinical Decision Support

A review article suggests that clinical decision support systems provide clinicians with patient-specific assessments or recommendations to aid clinical decision making. [1] Examples include manual or computer based systems that attach care reminders to the charts of patients needing specific preventive care services and computerized physician order entry systems that provide patient-specific recommendations as part of the order entry process. Such systems have been shown to improve prescribing practices, reduce serious medication errors, enhance the delivery of preventive care services, and improve adherence to recommended care standards.

On a practical level, the findings imply that clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders should implement clinical decision support systems that (a) provide decision support automatically as part of clinician workflow, (b) deliver decision support at the time and location of decision making, (c) provide actionable recommendations, and (d) use a computer to generate the decision support. [1].

This section on Clinical Decision Support provides a wide selection of resources and tools that support diabetes prevention and management. Selected resources could be integrated into computer based systems. Resources and tools for each section are organized under key categories identified by the Chronic Care Model: Clinical Information Systems, Community Resources, Decision Support, Practice Redesign, and Self-management Support.