Optimizing Clinical Practice in Ontario Based on Data, Evidence and Guidelines

Optimizing clinical practice based on data, evidence and guidelines is a challenge faced in every health system around the world. The way the challenge manifests itself at the level of the patient has been remarkably consistent over time: tough decisions made at the intersection of clinical expertise, patient values and preferences, and the best available data, evidence and guidelines. Rigid clinical decision support systems, insufficient attention to patient goals of care and shared decision-making (particularly in the face of multimorbidity), and the large volume of available data, evidence and guidelines (of variable reliability and clinical significance) are variations on a now two- decades-old theme about just how tough these decisions can be.

The McMaster Health Forum recently hosted a stakeholder dialogue to examine these issues and to discuss potential approaches to optimizing clinical practice in Ontario.

Read the dialogue summary.

Watch stakeholder interviews