Evidence-based medicine: What does it mean and where are we going?

Sergio Frustaci, Gian Maria Miolo, Angela Buonadonna, Diana Crivellari, Simona Scalone

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Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is commonly defined as the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. However, EBM, which focuses on individual physicians and their decisions, is too limited and should be expanded to include a set of principles and methods intended to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, medical decisions, guidelines, and other types of policies are based on and consistent with good evidence of efficacy and benefit. There are different methods in which evidence can be used to help in the decision-making process, but a unified approach should be introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Practice: Toward Optimizing Clinical Outcomes
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9783540222392
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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