Evidence Based Healthcare Decision Making Requires The Integration Of Clinical Expertise With The Best Available Research Evidence

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According to O’Mathúna and Fineout-Overholt (2015), “evidence-based healthcare decision making requires the integration of clinical expertise with the best available research evidence” (p. 135). As future healthcare providers, it is essential to be able to effectively disseminate sound evidence-based interventions. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses aim to synthesize and analyze the overabundance of evidence; thus enhancing its validity and relevance to clinical practice. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses [“PRISMA”] criteria provide a standard process for evaluating the transparency and completion of the reporting in both of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Type II diabetes mellitus remains a great health concern for both patients and providers. Coupled with hypertension, diabetes type II requires expertise and valid evidence to be effectively managed. In the original investigation Blood Pressure Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (2015), the researchers discuss the associations between blood pressure lowering treatment and vascular disease in type II diabetes. Controlling hypertension, a well-established risk factor for diabetes, is paramount in patients encountered in primary care. Lowering blood pressure levels in patients with diabetes remains an area of current controversy, with debate centered around who should be offered therapy in addition to blood pressure goals (Emdin, Rahimi, Neal,…

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