Cyber Diving: Information Searching
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As health care providers, we want to be able to provide the best care to our patients. Occasionally we observe that some caring process may not be the most effective it could or should be. Some of these processes are direct patient interactions, disease prevention, and intervention, but the idea of best care can be related to the timeliness and cost of that care. Best care is based on evidence indicating that the care provided is the best that can be done and that it is done at the most appropriate level. This evidence is derived through research and expert consensus efforts. The evidence is then documented and published so it can be disseminated to the health care providers who need it. Continuing education is one way of renewing our knowledge and discovering some of the most common methods of providing quality care. When questions arise related to a specific local provision of care, a person may need to create the time to investigate these perceived problems. Sharing the solutions through inservice, teaching, and writing for publication can also benefit others outside of an immediate practice and thereby improve care for all.