Best practices research

Fam Med. 2003 Feb;35(2):131-4.


"Best practices research," described in this paper, refers to a systematic process used to identify, describe, combine, and disseminate effective and efficient clinical and/or management strategies developed and refined by practicing clinicians. It involves five steps: development of a conceptual model or series of steps, definition of "best" based on values and standards, identification and evaluation of potentially effective methods for each component or step, combination of most-effective methods, and testing of combined methods. The chronological development of this process is described with case examples, and the methodological steps are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Benchmarking / methods*
  • Biomedical Research
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Family Practice / methods*
  • Family Practice / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs / standards*
  • Immunization Schedule
  • Male
  • Oklahoma
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Pneumococcal Infections / prevention & control*
  • Pneumococcal Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Practice Management, Medical
  • Research Design


  • Pneumococcal Vaccines