Evidence-Based Care Recommendations

The James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence is dedicated to sharing its expertise and knowledge. The pediatric Evidence-Based Care Recommendations developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center are developed by experts, patients and families to help pediatricians provide the best possible care to patients.

Our Evidence-Based Care Recommendations are based on the best available evidence and expert opinion.  These care recommendations are produced as Best Evidence Statements (BESt) and Care Guidelines.  The scope of a BESt is smaller than a clinical practice guideline.  A BESt contains clinical recommendations based on best evidence on a limited topic or single clinical question.  The BESt also depends more on synthesized evidence, such as published guidelines and other systematic reviews when available, than on primary research.

Choose one of the buttons below to access the available care recommendations: browsing by topic (common terms, clinician terms), by specialty or discipline or by type of guidance (domains of intervention / therapy, diagnosis / assessment, continuing education, nursing care).


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Statement of Award

To recognize the hard work and dedication of authors of BESts, the Evidence Collaboration (an interdisciplinary group of evidence experts from the Anderson Center, Pratt Library and Center for Professional Excellence) would like to share the highest quality BESts published by Cincinnati Children’s employees. All BESts posted are reviewed, and a committee selected finalists (Highest Quality BESts) and winners (the Best BESts).

 Best BESt of 2014

  1.  Early physical therapy/occupational therapy specific interventions for traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI)

 Highest Quality BESt of 2014

  1.  Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prophylaxis in Children and Adolescents

Best BESts of 2013

  1. Reducing Pain for Children and Adolescents Receiving Injections
  2. Daily Bathing of Children in Critical Care Settings with Chlorhexidine Gluconate

Highest Quality BESts of 2013

  1. Use of Ultrasound Guidance for Peripheral Intravenous Access in the Pediatric Population
  2. Support from Bedside Nurses for Caregivers of Children Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
  3. The Effect of Communication Skills Training on Nurses’ Confidence and Competence in Providing Psychosocial Support to Patients and Families
  4. Using Oral Cryotherapy to Prevent Oral Mucositis in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy
  5. Behavioral and Oral Motor Interventions for Feeding Problems in Children
  6. Increasing Patient Satisfaction by Moving Nursing Shift Report to the Bedside

Contact Us

For information, feedback or questions about our evidence-based decision making documents, email EBDMinfo@cchmc.org.