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Evidence-Based Medicine: Introduction to EBM

What is Evidence-Based Medicine?

"Evidence-based medicine (EBM) requires the integration of the best research evidence with our clinical expertise and our patient's unique values and circumstances."

Straus SE. Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it. 4th ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2011.

Learn about EBM

A Multi-Step Process

  1. Start with the patient -- a clinical problem or question arises out of the care of the patient
  2. Construct a well-built clinical question derived from the case
  3. Select the appropriate resource(s) and conduct a search
  4. Appraise that evidence for its validity (closeness to the truth) and applicability (usefulness in clinical practice)
  5. Return to the patient -- integrate that evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences, and apply it to practice
  6. Evaluate your performance with the patient and the process

EBM: Resources by Levels of Evidence

Evidence-Based Medicine: Resources by Levels of Evidence

The above image was produced by Bradley A. Long and Audrey Rock, Central Michigan University Libraries (©2016).  The image is based on the EBM Page Generator from Dartmouth College and Yale University (©2006) and the Coursera MOOC  “Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics(©2016).

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