Could our pretest probabilities become evidence based? A prospective survey of hospital practice.

@article{Richardson2003CouldOP,
  title={Could our pretest probabilities become evidence based? A prospective survey of hospital practice.},
  author={William S. Richardson and Walter A. Polashenski and Brett W. Robbins},
  journal={Journal of general internal medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={
          203-8
        }
}
OBJECTIVE We sought to measure the proportion of patients on our clinical service who presented with clinical problems for which research evidence was available to inform estimates of pretest probability. We also aimed to discern whether any of this evidence was of sufficient quality that we would want to use it for clinical decision making. DESIGN Prospective, consecutive case series and literature survey. SETTING Inpatient medical service of a university-affiliated Veterans' Affairs… CONTINUE READING