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A comprehensive annotated reminder tool increased appropriate screening in primary care
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 QUESTION: Does a comprehensive annotated reminder tool (CART) prompt appropriate application of preventive service recommendations by resident physicians?

Design

1 year randomised {allocation concealed*}, blinded (outcome assessor),* controlled trial.

Setting

Community hospital clinic in suburban Chicago, USA.

Participants

31 resident physicians who cared for patients ≥ 19 years of age at the clinic.

Intervention

Residents were allocated to the CART (n=15) or to a control group that used blank history and physical examination forms (n=16). The CART consisted of forms that documented the history and physical examination by integrating age appropriate screening questions, age specific reminders, and test frequency recommendations. The forms were provided for 3 age cohorts, each with guidelines …

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