Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is one of the most common infectious diseases in North America, and despite advances in research, patients with CAP continue to experience high morbidity and mortality*. To address this, the Clinical Research and Development team at Think Research recently organized a clinical workshop to evaluate how our Order Sets can enhance the quality of care for patients with CAP.

The goal of this workshop was to engage with subject matter experts to review the current CAP content as developed by Think Research and discuss the clinical application of evidence-based practice. In hosting this workshop, the Clinical Research and Development team hoped to expand our clinical content offering, set strong rationale and foundation for our clinical content, and inform our strategies for tool development moving forward.

The participant list was kept small to allow for an in-depth discussion, and invaluable feedback was obtained.  Clinicians in attendance had varying specialties, from infectious disease to emergency medicine, and the main topics of discussion included disparities in practice and the ideal ‘future’ state of Order Sets. Much of the information provided was actionable, and helpful in broader application in acute, long-term and community care settings.

One focus of the discussion was around advancing technology, and how it can improve the clinicians’ experience with our Order Sets (hover definition and auto-populate patient info features were discussed). Another topic that was discussed in detail was the variance in practice regarding which antibiotic to prescribe. Medical literature was reviewed, and a consensus in regards to what should be included in the CAP Order Set was reached. Overall, the feedback gathered was quite granular, and we received some very practical recommendations on how to streamline the Order Set, with the suggestions applicable to other Order Sets.

The attendees were well organized, prepared and grateful to be part of the workshop, and the environment was very supportive and respectful. The Clinical Research and Development team is currently organizing this feedback and discussing next steps on how best to implement the recommendations. We would like to thank our workshop attendees for their invaluable feedback, and are looking forward to making further improvements to our CAP Order Set, ultimately helping to support evidence-based best practice in this critical area.

Quality-Based Procedures: Clinical Handbook for Community-Acquired Pneumonia. February 2014; pp. 23.