Doctor's Toolbag

Doctor's Toolbag - Clinical Prediction Rules

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In the past implementing clinical prediction rules has been limited by the difficulty of remembering complex calculations and using them at the bedside.

The Doctor's Toolbag iPhone app developed by the BMJ Group and CEBMi Limited provides a fast and simple way to use the most effective rules in a busy clinical setting. Some rules help with diagnosis, others are useful for screening or assessing risk factors. Combining these rules with the latest evidence from Best Practice and Clinical Evidence from the BMJ Evidence Centre, provides a succinct and up-to-date tool that can be incorporated into everyday clinical practice to help improve patient care.

Key features

  • Contains 74 of the most useful clinical prediction tools for prognosis and diagnosis. Each prediction tool tells you what clinical features to look for, and what they mean for your patient
  • Evidence summaries supporting each tool, with links to abstracts from key publications
  • Regular updates to evidence summaries and prediction rules reflecting the latest clinical evidence
  • Up-to-date information from Best Practice and Clinical Evidence about additional tests that may be required, treatment and relevant guidelines
  • Rules searchable by title, specialist area & condition
  • Hide/reveal supplementary information, including useful pictures and sounds
  • Customisation of your homepage for one click access to your favourite tools
  • Embedded article references, including links to sources, for convenient mobile browsing
  • In-app web browsing of related content
  • Adjustable font size

Clinical prediction tools include:

  • ABCD2 stroke risk score - Prediction of stroke risk in patients with TIA
  • AUDIT C - Detection of the early signs of hazardous and harmful drinking
  • CURB 65 - Criteria for severity of community acquired pneumonia
  • MiniCog - Screening for cognitive impairment
  • Wells DVT Score - Assessment of deep vein thrombosis
  • Ottawa ankle, knee and foot rules - Does the patient need an ankle, knee or foot x-ray?
  • PHQ9 depression score - Assessment of depression in primary care
  • Centor criteria - Diagnosis of acute bacterial tonsillitis in adults and in children

What they say about the Doctor's Toolbag:

"I have had several patients recently where the diagnosis was really unclear at first - using this app at the bedside would have got me onto the right track a lot quicker"
Dan Lasserson, GP

"This is a very useful application and plenty of thought has clearly been put into it's design. It is very powerful, but easy to use and will provide real benefits to clinicians in everyday practice"
Dr Lloyd McCann, Clinical Fellow in Performance Improvement

"It can be difficult to remember all the available prediction rules - now I have them whenever I need them, all in one place. This will aid my decision making and save me loads of time"
Dr Duncan Rourke, GP principal, Nuffield Health Centre, Witney

Last updated 29th July 2015

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