Michael A. Fauman, MD, PhD




Concerns About Practice Guidelines

December 01, 2006

Several readers have responded with comments and concerns regarding my column, "Do Physicians Use Practice Guidelines?" Since the issues these readers raised are important and concern many psychiatrists, they merit some discussion.

Algorithm-based Treatment

November 01, 2006

Initial studies-such as the stepped collaborative care intervention, Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP), and German Algorithm Project (GAP) phase 2-predominantly investigated whether following an expert opinion–based clinical algorithm (irrespective of the content of the algorithm) led to a better outcome than treatment as usual did

How Do Physicians Use Practice Guidelines?

August 01, 2006

There are still many questions about how to develop useful guidelines, introduce them into clinical practice, and measure their effectiveness. What does it mean to use a guideline in practice?

Do Physicians Use Practice Guidelines?

June 01, 2006

Clinical practice guidelines, produced by various professional organizations and academic institutions, are usually considered the best practices for clinical care. But how do physicians use guidelines, and what factors influence their use?

Diffusion of Medical Innovation

April 01, 2006

In the late 18th century, a French surgeon named Pouteau performed 120 successive lithotomies with an extraordinarily low mortality rate. His secret was the use of innovations used widely today. Why weren't his methods more widely adopted by other physicians in his time?

Medicare's Quality Roadmap

October 01, 2005

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been quietly working on new ways to gather health care data. What are some of these pilot programs and how might they affect payment and health care services?

Information and Psychiatry: Digitizing the World

August 01, 1998

A traditional medical chart is a varied collection of printed and handwritten notes, forms, letters and laboratory reports. As the chart grows, it becomes more and more difficult to keep track of the information it contains.

The Internet and MEDLINE

January 01, 1998

In 1997, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) helped initiate a new era in American medicine when it made MEDLINE, its comprehensive online bibliography of published medical information, accessible to the public through the World Wide Web. That event may prove to be a symbolic watershed of 20th century American medicine. It will impact every aspect of medicine, from the manner in which physicians are educated to the way they run their daily practices.

Defining Your Needs Is a Good Place to Start

August 01, 1997

A colleague recently told me that he is actively treating more than 250 patients at three separate locations. "Do you think I need a computer?" he asked. That is a question many psychiatrists are asking as they see more patients and do an increasing amount of paperwork to maintain the same income they earned with far fewer patients just five years ago.