Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine is the practice of incorporating individual experience and patient preference with the best available research evidence to improve patient care. This process requires the ability to understand and translate research to inform clinical decisions. These online modules are intended to help medical professionals practice evidence-based medicine.

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'Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine' (502E00CMA140066)

Evidence-based medicine is an approach to care that uses scientific evidence to help both physicians and patients make better health care decisions. This module defines evidence-based medicine, reviews its history and identifies the key elements of this paradigm.

Presenter: Colin P. West, M.D., Ph.D.

'Application of Evidence-Based Medicine to Patient Care' (502E00CMA140067)

Evidence-based medicine begins and ends with the patient. This module reviews general approaches to the application of evidence to patient care.

Presenter: Colin P. West, M.D., Ph.D.

'Searching the Literature' (502E00CMA140065)

A key step in the evidence-based medicine process is finding the best evidence to answer a clinical question. This module describes approaches to searching the literature to find this evidence.

Presenter: Colin P. West, M.D., Ph.D.

'Systematic Review Critical Appraisal' (502E00CMS140081)

Systematic summaries of the literature are an informative means to synthesize a body of research and identify possible explanations for results that differ across studies within a topic. This module introduces systematic reviews and describes how to evaluate their quality.

Presenter: Colin P. West, M.D., Ph.D.