clinical inertia


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clinical inertia

Inaction by a prescriber when guidelines or optimal care would recommend a more aggressive course.
Synonym: therapeutic inertia
See also: inertia
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Our results provide additional evidence regarding the presence of clinical inertia.
Unique to our approach of measuring clinical inertia is that we combine information from multiple visits.
Whatever the cause, overcoming clinical inertia is not likely to be easy, but it is essential if we are to substantially improve health outcomes for patients with diabetes.
Overcoming Clinical Inertia Improves Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
Beyond these meager initial observations, the impact of other patient factors, physician factors, clinic factors, or patient-physician relationship factors that may be causally linked to clinical inertia has yet to be explored.
Our understanding of the impact of clinical inertia on levels of HbA1c, BP, and LDL is far from complete.
From an intervention point of view, many strategies might be developed to reduce clinical inertia and its determinants.
Clinical inertia might be reduced if electronic medical records (EMR) could effectively provide real-time decision support to physicians and patients at the time of an office visit.
Introducing quality measures focused on clinical inertia could increase inappropriate use of some agents to the detriment of some patients, especially fragile patients who are most vulnerable to adverse outcomes from inappropriate pharmacotherapy.

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