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Accreditation Statement

The ACCME rigorously evaluates the overall continuing medical education programs of institutions according to standards adopted by all seven sponsoring organizations of the ACCME. These are: the American Board of Medical Specialties; the American Hospital Association; the American Medical Association; the Association for Hospital Medical Education; the Association of American Medical Colleges; the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

Tests: CRICO Guidelines

Welcome to CRICO’s Clinicial Decision Support Test page. Take these tests and receive 1 or 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Find out how well you know the CRICO Guidelines.

Breast Care Management

Colorectal Cancer


About these Tests:

Tests contain questions drawn from CRICO’s decision support tools. You must score at least 85% and complete the evaluation to receive the allotted AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ on these tests.

  • Breast Care Management Algorithm Test: 17 of 20 answers correct and complete the evaluation to receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ .
  • Colorectal Cancer Decision Support Test: 17 of 20 answers correct and complete the evaluation to receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ .
  • Obstetrical Services Guidelines Test: 43 of 50 answers correct and complete the evaluation to receive 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.

About CRICO Decision Support Tools

At the request of the institutions insured by CRICO, and in conjunction with clinical experts from those health care organizations, CRICO develops and maintains evidence-based decision support tools for physicians and nurses whose patient encounters align with high-severity malpractice risks. These guidelines, algorithms, and other tools are designed and periodically updated to help clinicians identify risk prone steps in specific diagnostic or treatment processes, and suggest protocols.

We encourage physicians and nurses to use these as critical checks and re-checks to provide the safest, most effective patient care possible. As with all clinical decision, documentation of adherence to a specific guideline, or the rationale for an alternate course of action, is crucial for ongoing care and for the defense of any subsequent challenge of a patient’s diagnosis or treatment plan.


Are CRICO Decision Support Tools the Standard of Care?

CRICO is often asked if a guideline, algorithm, or similar decision support tool can be cited in a medical malpractice lawsuit as the standard of care. Generally, the answer is no: the standard of care, as determined in court, is the consensus among experts of the typical practice of an average clinician in the local setting. A guideline or algorithm by itself is not a de facto standard of care.

Decision support tools developed by CRICO in conjunction with the Harvard-affiliated medical institutions are not mandatory but rather, advisory—serving as references (similar to medical text books) clinicians can employ for cognitive support. They do not dictate or establish a standard of care for physicians and nurses who may consider them in their medical practice.

In some cases an organization or a clinical department may adopt all or part of any decision support tool as policy or protocol, which could then be construed as the care standard for clinicians in that organization or department. Under those circumstances, clinicians who make diagnostic or treatment decisions less thorough than or contrary to the adopted algorithm or guideline, are advised to consistently document the rationale for their decisions.