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W. Scott Richardson, MD

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership

    Campus Associate Dean for Medical Education

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership

    Interim Director of Essentials of Clinical Medicine

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership

    Professor of Medicine

  • Curriculum Vitae

W. Scott Richardson, MD is an academic general internist at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus, in Athens, Georgia, where he is Professor of Medicine and Campus Associate Dean for Medical Education. His principal scholarly interests are in clinical epidemiology, evidence-based health care and medical education.

Education

1975 Literature/Zoology BA, with High Honors University of Maryland
1979 Medicine MD Georgetown University

Residency

1979-1982 Resident in Internal Medicine University of Rochester Medical Center, Associated Hospitals Program
1982-1983 Chief Resident in Internal Medicine University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester General Hospital
1983-1985 Kaiser Fellow in General Internal Medicine University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital

Academic Appointments

1982-1985 Instructor, Medicine, University of Rochester
1985-1986 Senior Instructor, Medicine, University of Rochester
1986-1992 Assistant Professor, Medicine, University of Rochester
1992-1997 Associate Professor, Medicine, University of Rochester
1998-2001 Associate Professor, Medicine, University of Texas HSCSA
2001-2005 Associate Professor, Medicine, Wright State University
2005-2009 Professor, Medicine, Wright State University
2009-Present Professor, Medicine, Georgia Regents University

More About W. Richardson

Richardson is a co-author of the Straus et al book, Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach It 4/e. He is a member of the international Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group that authored the ‘Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature’ series in JAMA, now published in book form. Richardson continues to work on the challenges of integrating evidence into clinical decisions, particularly in evidence-based clinical diagnosis. He is also working to incorporate evidence into the new curriculum at his institution and in medical education at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and continuing). 

  • Expertise & Interests

    • Evidence-based medicine
    • Clinical epidemiology
    • Medical education
    • Diagnostic decision making
  • Selected Publications

    JOURNAL ARTICLES

    1. Laupacis A, Wells G, Richardson WS, Tugwell P, for the Evidence–Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature: V. How to use an article about prognosis. JAMA 1994; 272: 234 – 237.

    2. Richardson WS, Detsky AS, for the Evidence–Based Medicine Working Group.

    Users’ guides to the medical literature: VII. How to use a clinical decision analysis: A. Are the results of the study valid? JAMA 1995; 273: 1292 – 1295; and B. What are the results and will they help me in caring for my patients? JAMA 1995; 273: 1610 – 1613.

    3. Drummond MF, Richardson WS, O’Brien BJ, Levine MR, Heyland DK, for the Evidence–Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature: XIII. How to use an article on economic analysis of clinical practice: A. Are the results valid? JAMA 1997; 277: 1552 – 1557.

    4. O’Brien BJ, Heyland DK, Richardson WS, Levine MR, Drummond MF, for the Evidence–Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature: XIII. How to use an article on economic analysis of clinical practice: B. What are the results and will they help me in caring for my patient? JAMA 1997; 277: 1802 – 1806.

    5. Dans AL, Dans LF, Guyatt GH, Richardson WS, for the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature. XIV. How to decide on the applicability of clinical trial results to your patient. JAMA 1998; 279: 545 – 549.

    6. Randolph AG, Guyatt GH, Richardson WS, for the Evidence-Based Medicine in Critical Care Group. Prognosis in the intensive care unit: finding accurate and useful estimates for counseling patients. Crit Care Med 1998; 26: 767 – 772.

    7. Randolph AG, Guyatt GH, Calvin JE, Doig G, Richardson WS, for the Evidence-Based Medicine in Critical Care Group. Understanding articles describing clinical prediction tools. Crit Care Med 1998; 26: 1603 – 1612.

    8. Richardson WS, Wilson MC, Guyatt GH, Cook DJ, Nishikawa J, for the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature: XV. How to use an article about disease probability for differential diagnosis. JAMA 1999; 281: 1214 – 1219.

    9. McGinn T, Guyatt GH, Stiell I, Richardson WS, for the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature: XXII. How to use an article about a clinical decision rule. JAMA 2000; 284: 79 – 84.

    10. Richardson WS, Wilson MC, Williams JW Jr, Moyer VA, Naylor CD, for the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature: XXIV. How to use an article about the clinical manifestations of disease. JAMA 2000; 284: 869 – 875.

    11. Guyatt GH, Haynes RB, Jaeschke RZ, Cook DJ, Green L, Naylor CD, Wilson MC, Richardson WS, for the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group. Users’ guides to the medical literature: XXV. Principles for applying the users’ guides to patient care. JAMA 2000; 284: 1290 – 1296.

    12. Richardson WS, Polashenski WA, Robbins BW. Could our pre-test probabilities become evidence-based? A prospective survey of hospital practice. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Mar; 18(3): 203 – 208.

    13. Burdette SD, Herchline TE, Richardson WS. Killing bugs at the bedside: A prospective hospital survey of how frequently personal digital assistants provide expert recommendations in the treatment of infectious diseases. Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials 2004 Oct 22; 3: 22.

    14. Richardson WS. We should overcome the barriers to evidence-based clinical diagnosis. J Clin Epidemiol 2007 Mar; 60 (3): 217 – 227. 

    15. Richardson WS, Wilson MC, Keitz SA, Wyer P. Tips for teachers of EBM: Making sense of diagnostic test results using likelihood ratios.  J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23 (1): 87 – 92.

    SELECTED BOOKS:

    1. Sackett DL, Richardson WS, Rosenberg WMC, Haynes RB, eds. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, New York, Churchill-Livingstone, 1997.

    2. Sackett DL, Straus SE, Richardson WS, Rosenberg WMC, Haynes RB, eds. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 2/e, New York: Churchill-Livingstone/Harcourt-Brace, 2000.

    3. Straus SE, Richardson WS, Glasziou P, Haynes RB, eds. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 3/e, New York: Churchill-Livingstone/Elsevier, 2005.

    4. Straus SE, Glasziou P, Richardson WS, Haynes RB, eds. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach It, 4/e, New York: Churchill-Livingstone/Elsevier, 2011.

    SELECTED EDITORIALS:

    1. Richardson WS, Wilson MC, Nishikawa J, Hayward RSA. The well-built clinical question: a key to evidence-based decisions [Editorial]. ACP J Club 1995 Nov-Dec; 123: A12 – A13.

    2. Sackett DL, Rosenberg WMC, Gray JAM, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t. [Editorial] Br Med J 1996; 312: 71 – 72.

    3. Richardson WS. Evidence-based diagnosis: more is needed [EBM Notebook].

    Evid-Based Med. 1997 May-Jun; 2: 70 – 71.

    4. Richardson WS. Ask, and ye shall retrieve [EBM Notebook]. Evid-Based Med. 1998 Jul/Aug; 3: 100 – 101.

    5. Richardson WS. Where do pre-test probabilities come from? [EBM Notebook].

    Evid-Based Med 1999 May/Jun; 4: 68 – 69.

    6. Richardson WS, Wilson MC. Textbook descriptions of disease – where’s the beef [Editorial]? ACP J Club 2002 Jul-Aug; 137: A11.

    7. Richardson WS. Five uneasy pieces about pre-test probability [Editorial]. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Nov; 17: 882 – 883.

    8. Richardson WS. Teaching evidence-based practice on foot [Editorial]. ACP J Club 2005 Sep-Oct; 143 (2): A10 – A12.

    9. Richardson WS, Doster LM. Comorbidity and multimorbidity need to be placed in the context of a framework of risk, responsiveness, and vulnerability. J Clin Epidemiol 2014; 67: 244 – 246.