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Introduction to EBM

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Evidence based medicine: A
short introduction

   Ruchi Baxi
   October 2012

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Objectives

   Define EBM

   Consider the meaning of evidence

   Discuss the importance of EBM

   Signposting for f...

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What is EBM?

   Using evidence to inform practice

   Includes:
       Individual patient management
       Research
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Introduction to EBM

  1. 1. Evidence based medicine: A short introduction Ruchi Baxi October 2012
  2. 2. Objectives  Define EBM  Consider the meaning of evidence  Discuss the importance of EBM  Signposting for further information
  3. 3. What is EBM?  Using evidence to inform practice  Includes:  Individual patient management  Research  Policy making  Need to be able to find and appraise information
  4. 4. So…What is evidence?
  5. 5. What does EBM add?  Know extent to which something works  Know risks/side effects of treatment  Know likely associated costs of decision to maximise resources  Use in conjunction with clinical knowledge and judgement
  6. 6. Risks of ignoring EBM  Decisions risk being:  Ineffective  Unsafe  Costly  Ethical implications
  7. 7. Sources of further information  UK Cochrane Centre  http://ukcc.cochrane.org/  Cochrane Collaboration  http://www.cochrane.org/  Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford  http://www.cebm.net/index.aspx?o=1001

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