CPM and Evidence Based Practice

The Clinical Practice Model (CPM) is a third party software that can be utilized with any electronic application and is also evidence based practice. CPM is evidence based clinical content. In addition, care plans and patient education are seamlessly integrated into the electronic medial record. Evidence based practice is hot right now. One of the leaders in evidence based practice is the company Clinical Practice Model Resource Center (CPMRC). This company was founded by Bonnie Wesorick over 25 years ago and is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In our fast paced world in healthcare, many nurses become task oriented just to get the job done. Ms. Wesorick felt there

was an incongruency between what is believed to be how care is supposed to be delivered in an individualized, quality health care to what was being lived everyday in a systems driven fast paced world of medical care. A pattern of performing tasks led to a strong task dominated, hierarchical and dehumanized work culture interfered with the health of providers and recipients of care. Bonnie Wesorick founded the CPM Resource Center framework to create a new reality. This framework for culture and professional practice was designed to sustain healthcare transformation over time. The CPM resource center framework is designed to have the patient in the center along with their families, community, and caregivers. From the center, are six clinical practice guidelines. These clinical guidelines are:

  • Health and Healing Care Model: Patient focused/family centered model of care assures health and healing across the life span and in all settings where healing occurs. This model assures a safe, respectful caring environment which supports those who give and receive care
  • Partnership Culture Model: This model represents both the infrastructure and the cultural environment necessary to deliver professional healthcare in a transformed world.
  • Interdisciplinary Integration Model: This partnering model represents integrated processes of care for the interdisciplinary team as evidenced by coordinated, integrated services across the continuum.
  • Applied Evidence -based practice model: This model is designed to support the care providers in clinical inquiry, reasoning and judgement and apply best practice as the point of care. Evidence based clinical documentation and over 200 clinical practice guidelines (CPG’s) are available to the practitioner.
  • Health Informatics Model: brings the science of Health Informatics to the CPM framework by applying the theoretical concepts of data/information/knowledge/wisdom to intentionally designed documentation tools.
  • International Consortium Model: gathers a group or like-minded organizations who unite a common vision for sustainable healthcare transformation

As you can see from the six different clincial models that CPM is very robust and that is why there are two people including myself that manages the CPM content in our institution. Two of my colleagues and I attended the CPM training course last October and we are now certified in CPM. What does that mean and how does it apply to informatics? We manage the CPM information in the electronic medical record. There are numerous CPM flowsheet templates, groups, and rows, patient education records and the care plan records that we keep track of. In addition, we analyze the CPM content to see if the department will need the information or not. If you would like more information about CPM or CPM Resource Center, website information can  

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