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Introduction to EBM


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Introduction to EBM

  1. 1. Evidence based medicine: Ashort 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  Cochrane Collaboration  Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford 