Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-Based Medicine is defined as An approach of practicing medicine with the goal to improve and evaluate patient care. It requires the judicious integration of best research evidence with the patient's values to make decisions about medical care. This method is to help physicians make proper diagnosis, devise best testing plan, choose best treatment and methods of disease prevention, as well as develop guidelines for large groups of patients with the same disease.

Evidence-based medicine follows four steps:

  1. Formulate a clear clinical question from a patient's problem.
  2. Search the literature for relevant clinical articles.
  3. Evaluate (critically appraise) the evidence for its validity and usefulness.
  4. Implement useful findings in clinical practice.

This bold-face term may be used for subject searching in CWRU's Library Catalog (and as a MeSH: Medical Subject Heading Search) or in PubMed.

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