What’s Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)?

The “official” definition is, “The conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. Practicing EBM means integrating personal clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” [Sackett DL. Evidence-based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t. BMJ 1996;312:71-2.]

What that really means is, use only those treatments which have been demonstrated to control symptoms and help reach the patient’s goal, and, conversely, avoid doing those things which have not shown any benefit. [Rev.8/08]