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Evidence based medicine (EBM) has been defined as a “ systematic approach to clinical problem solving which allows the integration of the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values ” .
EBM starts with the notion that all evidence is not equal and something which traditional practice has missed out. Traditionally it was assumed anything published in research articles was correct and could be used in clinical practice.
The knowledge gained from clinical research does not directly answer the primary clinical question of what is best for the patient at hand and suggests that evidence-based medicine should not discount the value of clinical experience