Evidence Based Medicine

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Evidence Based Medicine
Evidence Based Medicine

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What We Mean When We Say Evidence-Based Medicine

In medicine, the term “evidence-based” causes more arguments than you might expect.

And that’s quite apart from the recent political controversy over why certain words were avoided in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget documents.

The arguments don’t divide along predictable partisan lines, either.

The mission of “evidence-based medicine” is surprisingly recent. Before its arrival, much of medicine was based on clinical experience. Doctors tried to figure out what worked by trial and error, and they passed their knowledge along to those who trained under them.

Many were first introduced to evidence-based medicine through David Sackett’s handbook,…

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 What We Mean When We Say Evidence-Based Medicine

People understand different things by this term, and the arguments don’t divide along predictable partisan lines, either.


Bandolier is a website about the use of evidence in health, healthcare, and medicine.


BETs were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature.

BMJ Best Practice

Ranked one of the best clinical decision support tools for health professionals worldwide. BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence based information, whenever and wherever you need it.


HSTATis a free, Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

EB Medicine

At EB Medicine, we prides ourselves on our unparalleled quality and convenience. EB Medicine covers medicine the way you actually practice it -- real patients, real challenges, and real solutions.

Essential Evidence Plus

Essential Evidence Plus features must-have content, tools, calculators, and daily email alerts for clinicians who deliver first-contact care.

Evidence Based Emergency Medicine

The EBEM working group is a group of largely academic Emergency Physicians who are committed to developing resources for and teaching of Evidence Based Medicine within our specialty. We maintain a collaborative listserv for those interested in project development within this area.

Evidence Based Health Care

The Web Page contains references, bibliographies, tutorials, glossaries, and on-line databases to guide those embarking on teaching and practicing evidence-based medicine.

Health Systems Evidence

The world's most comprehensive, free access point for evidence to support policy makers, stakeholders and researchers interested in how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.

Physiotherapy Evidence Database

Developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.

PubMed Central

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Therapeutics Education Collaboration

The main goal of the Therapeutics Education Collaboration (TEC) is to provide physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, naturopathic physicians, other health professionals, and the public with current, evidence-based, practical and relevant information on rational drug therapy. The overall philosophy of the TEC is to encourage clinicians to engage in shared informed decision-making, critical thinking, and exercise some degree of healthy skepticism when it comes to the use of new and old medications.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

CRD undertakes systematic reviews evaluating the research evidence on health and public health questions of national and international importance.

Evidence-Based Pracice for Public Health

This website provides free online access to evidence-based public health resources, knowledge domains of public health, and public health journals and databases.


Fundamental tools for understanding and applying the medical literature and making clinical diagnoses.

PedsCCM: The Pediatric Critical Care Website

There is a growing movement in health care, broadly known as evidence-based medicine, that simply suggests we use the best evidence available in our medical decision making.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Under the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research–AHCPR), 5-year contracts are awarded to institutions in the United States and Canada to serve as EPCs. The EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on clinical, behavioral, and organization and financing topics to produce evidence reports, technical reviews (covering nonclinical methodological topics), and technology assessments.

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