Decision Support

Decision Support


This page contains a set of clinical calculators

Clinical Calculators

Please read the disclaimer and notes below concerning their use

The above calculators are in need of evaluation. Please contact the BSG with comments on their accuracy, effectiveness and validity. Each calculator resides within a web-page and requires either Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer to function correctly. The calculators allow you to enter patient-specific information resulting in a set of simple scores/calculations being performed. The results of these calculations are provided in a mixture of graphics and text. At the moment their design is relatively crude. Any advice or suggestions as to ways of refining their look and feel or addition of new calculators would also be greatly appreciated.

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Connecting for Health: Clinical Dashboard Programme for Gastroenterology

CfH is currently in the pilot phase of this Programme, with ten pilot sites around the country, one in each SHA. Each of these sites will be developing up to three Clinical Dashboards in various specialties, which will be tailored specifically to the needs of the individual teams.

CfH envisage that there will be many areas of overlap between the Clinical Dashboards and standards or guidelines you may have designed, or may be developing. Although ultimately each Clinical Dashboard will be led and agreed by each local team, CfH are keen to maintain interoperability, consistency and comparability with national bodies.

In particular, CfH are developing a Gastroenterology Dashboard in Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and any suggestions or ideas you may have towards the design, the development or the ongoing management of appropriate indices or metrics for display and monitoring, would be very helpful. Such collaboration may also help to widen the use of any identified metrics and build cohesion across the specialty, especially in the event of the anticipated national roll out.

Please find below the CfH Clinical Dashboard Factsheet, with a link to the website, and the principles which will guide the construction of the Dashboards in each site.

Please review these documents and send any questions or comments you may have to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , BSG Website Manager if you are interested in providing comments to CfH

12th January 2009

BMJ Group launches new decision support tool

Health professionals can now get on-the-spot access to expert opinion, guidelines and the latest evidence with the launch of Best Practice, from the internationally renowned BMJ Evidence Centre.

Best Practice is a new on-line decision support tool designed to help practitioners, patients, students and researchers find the best medical information and use it in the most effective way.

It brings together the latest evidence, peer-reviewed expert opinion, and guidelines on over 10,000 different diagnoses. Its easy-to-use design fits information around existing workflows - enabling clinicians, nurses and pharmacists to make the best decisions for their patients, every time.

Built specifically for point-of-care use, it will help meet the real, diverse and evolving information challenges that health professionals face every day.

Best Practice also features seamless integration with drug formularies (BNF and Martindale), patient information, the potential for links to electronic health records and the ability to add local guidelines and links. But, unlike existing online textbooks, Best Practice re-shapes this complex information into bite-size chunks that are more easily navigated – crucial when applying evidence effectively in pressurised healthcare environments.

Key features include:

  • All content written and peer reviewed by internationally renown specialists
  • Coverage of 10,000 diagnoses in 2009
  • Information structured around the patient consultation
  • Advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering and treatment strategies
  • Critical prescribing information, guideline summaries and expert opinion
  • 192 patient support leaflets

Best Practice is at:

Individual subscriptions to Best Practice cost from £178 (BMA members will get a 45% discount - the cost to them will be £98). Free trials, individual and institutional subscriptions are all available immediately.

12th February 2009