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How Reliable is the “Evidence Base”?

Physicians are encouraged, in ways large and small, to practice “evidence-based” medicine, or EBM. The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford defines EBM as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”

EBM is the basis for developing practice guidelines, and efforts to assess and improve the quality of care are now framed almost exclusively in terms of adherence to evidence-based practice. Continue reading How Reliable is the “Evidence Base”?