Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the judicious application of the best, relevant clinical study results to patient care. EBM is not a new form of medical practice. It neither replaces medical expertise nor ignores patient preferences. EBM is a tool to enhance medical practice. While it is axiomatic that clinicians are interested in using the results of clinical studies for their patients' benefit, until recently, lack of access, limited critical analysis skills, and overreliance on expert opinion, personal experience, and clinical habit have hampered the rapid integration of high-quality clinical study evidence into clinical practice. This entry discusses how EBM and the EBM process address this issue and reviews the origins of EBM and its scope, resources, and role in modern clinical practice.


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