3-day session will examine evidence-based practice in health care

Health care professionals are invited to register for the fourth annual Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice, “Infusing Quality into Practice,” which will be presented July 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel, 111 Pecan St. in downtown San Antonio.

This interdisciplinary conference is funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The AHRQ and the Institute of Medicine have issued recent nationwide calls for evidence-based practice (EBP) quality improvement in the U.S. health care system.

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., will be the closing keynote speaker on July 9. She will present “Quality, Outcomes and Cost: The Role of Evidence in Our 21st Century Climate.” Joe Krier, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, will offer welcoming remarks on July 7.

The Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice at the Health Science Center is organizing a community effort to present this conference. Partners include the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center, and private health care agencies in San Antonio

Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., associate director for the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will open the conference. Presentations by other national leaders will follow.

Robert Badgett, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine at the Health Science Center, will present “Informatics: High-Speed Connection to EBP,” and Anne Leonard, research nurse in the division of neurology, will be among the speakers. Andrew Holtz, health journalist and chief of HoltzReport, and Lt. Col. Margaret Hawthorne, U.S. Army Nurse Corps chief of evidence-based practice, also will speak.

Interactive presentations will include topics such as health literacy, medication safety, evidence-based quality improvement, care coordination, educators as essential partners for health care quality, priorities in improving clinical care and organizational culture.

Participants will learn to use evidence to improve clinical care and will learn about outcomes measurement, infrastructure development, research evidence available for national priority clinical conditions, and impact of EBP on selected roles within the health professions.

The program is planned and attended by clinicians, educators, researchers and administrators from multiple disciplines and agencies.

This year’s event features two new pre-conferences on July 6: “The Educator’s EPB Workshop” and “An Introduction to EBP.” A new graduate-level conference on “Advanced Learning in EBP” will follow the main conference.

Continuing education credit is available. For more information on the conference or to register, visit:www.acestar.uthscsa.edu and click on “2005 Summer Institute on EBP,” or contact Abigail Sanchez: (210) 567-1480.

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