EM1602I "Overcoming Overuse One Decision at a Time: An EBM Approach" (IM GR-021916)

Overuse is rampant and leads to potential harms and waste in healthcare. This presentation aims to discuss how an evidence-based medicine (EBM) approach to clinical decision making can overcome overtreatment and promote high value care. To illustrate the applicability of this approach to clinical practice, the EBM principles discussed will be presented in the context of intensive glycemic control through pharmacologic therapies for type 2 diabetes. However, this approach is not unique to glycemic control and can be broadly applied to any treatment for any disease.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the pitfalls of using relative risks and why absolute risks are a more meaningful measure to inform treatment decisions
  • Understand the importance of balancing risks and benefits to guide treatment decisions
  • Learn how to incorporate time horizon to benefit into treatment decisions
  • Understand that over treatment of hyperglycemia in diabetes is an epidemic
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Anil Makam, M.D.Anil Makam, M.D., M.A.S.
Assistant Professor
Departments of Medicine and Clinical Sciences
Division of General Internal Medicine
Division of Outcomes and Health Services Research

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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