Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules

Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules
2nd Ed.
2013 © John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Ali S. Raja MD, MBA, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM; Christopher R. Carpenter MD, MSC, FACEP, FAAEM; Jeremiah D. Schuur MD, MHS, FACEP; Jesse M. Pines MD, MBA, MSCE
ISBN-13: 978-0-470-65783-6
Emergency Medicine, Evidence Based Medicine


This book for emergency physicians and fellows training in emergency medicine provides evidence-based information on what diagnostic tests to ask for and when and how to use particular decision rules. The new edition builds on the success of the current book by modifying the presentation of the evidence, increasing the coverage, and updating the current information throughout.


This book is divided into eight sections, discussing first the science of diagnostic testing and clinical decision making. It subsequently breaks down the scope of evidence-based emergency medicine into seven areas that include trauma, cardiology, infectious disease, surgical and abdominal complaints, urology, neurology, and miscellaneous subjects. Each section covers topics pertinent to that area of study. For example, the cardiology section covers syncope, heart failure, palpitations, and ACS in separate chapters. The chapters begin with a condensed chart that provides highlights of the coming chapter, a feature that allows quick referencing in the setting of a busy emergency department shift. Throughout the book, each decision rule and diagnostic test is displayed in chart form. Diagnostic tests list available statistical data, including information such as specificity and sensitivity. Images, diagrams, and drawings are used to illustrate particular diagnostic findings, such as head CT scan images. References are listed at the end of each chapter, and the index provides for easy navigation.

Combine Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules with Tarascon Adult Emergency Pocketbook title for an indispensable ready reference duo at point of care.

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"This is an excellent resource for clinicians seeking to provide evidence-based care in emergency medicine. It is a comprehensive and reliable resource that helps reach a balance between overuse and underuse of diagnostic testing. The information is presented in a concise format that can be used during clinical encounters or for more exhaustive reviews of the literature surrounding a clinical question. As evidence-based emergency medicine is a rapidly changing and advancing field, this updated edition is certainly justified."

-- Kyle Holloway, MD, BA Psychology (Regions Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center) - Doody's Review

“One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was being able to examine actual sensitivities, specificities, and likelihood ratios of various decision instruments and diagnostic tests that I use daily. It was also enlightening to learn several diagnostic strategies and decision instruments that I previously had not used.”

-- Annals of Emergency Medicine, 1 August 2013

"This practical guide will be useful to anyone practicing emergency medicine. The authors are well regarded, board-certified emergency medicine physicians. The authors do an excellent job of providing clinically relevant evidence that we can use to support our daily decisions in the emergency department. Provide[s] a good summary of clinically useful information that will help each of us to make better informed, evidence-based decisions."

-- Melinda Graber, BA, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine) Doody's Review - previous edition


This title is intended for practitioners of emergency medicine at all levels, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and more. It provides a framework for developing an evidence-based practice style in the emergency medicine setting.

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