ACP-ASIM launches effective clinical practice

New Journal for Physicians and Professionals in Health Care Delivery Systems

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 16, 1999) — The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) today introduced its new journal, Effective Clinical Practice (ECP). Published in collaboration with the Alliance of Community Health Plans, ECP focuses on the interface between health services research and clinical practice. Effective Clinical Practice seeks to answer questions about how best and how often to deliver medical care.

The bimonthly journal is designed for practicing physicians, health care executives, HMO practitioners and other professionals involved with health care delivery systems. It contains peer-reviewed clinical articles that emphasize systems of care and innovations in delivery of care that can improve clinical practice and patient outcomes.

Effective Clinical Practice publishes several categories of high-quality, peer-reviewed clinical articles: original studies that report on the result of an intervention, the test of a hypothesis, or the effect of a natural experiment; and case reports, articles that address organizational changes for a single provider, practice, hospital or health system. For busy practitioners, each article provides a short list of important “take-home” points.

“Effective Clinical Practice provides an evidence-based resource to help physicians and other professionals working within organized health care delivery systems make informed decisions and improve overall quality of care,” said Walter J. McDonald, MD, ACP-ASIM executive vice president.

“The goal of Effective Clinical Practice is to provide relevant information to health care professionals that will lead to higher levels of patient and provider satisfaction,” said Daniel B. Wolfson, CEO, Alliance for Community Health Plans.

Effective Clinical Practice (ECP) augments ACP-ASIM’s line of peer-reviewed medical journals, which includes Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP Journal Club; and Evidence-Based Medicine. The editor is H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, co-director of the VA Outcomes Group, White River Junction, Vt., and a Dartmouth Medical School professor (see bio and statement.)

The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM), comprising more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing education to its members so that internists may provide the best quality care for their patients. ACP-ASIM is the nation’s largest specialty organization.

A national alliance of independent, not-for-profit and provider-based health plans, the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) supports its 26 member plans in 27 states in efforts to facilitate improvement in the health of their members and of the communities they serve. ACHP serves as a focal point for member plans to exchange best practices and experiences, measure results, and participate in shared improvement projects. ACHP was the originator of HEDIS, a set of performance measures used to evaluate the quality of health plans.


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