Evidence Based Medicine: A New Approach in the Field of Medicine



Aisha Lazreg

Endocrine Unit, Medical Department, Tripoli Medical Centre, El -Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya

JMJ 2007,Vol.7, No.4:236-237


Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients and integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available evidence from systematic research. The concept of number needed to treat (NNT) is increasingly part of evidence based medicine, but lack of evidence and lack of benefit are not the same, the more data are pooled and aggregated the more difficult it is to compare the patient in the studies with the patient in front of the doctor. Although EBM is becoming the golden standard for clinical practice and treatment guidelines, there are many current medical and surgical practices who do not have strong literature evidence supporting them. There are some barriers to practicing EBM such as the relevant literature may not be readily accessible, or it may be insufficient to carefully review the evidence relevant to a pressing clinical problem. Optimal integration of computer technology into clinical practice, facilitates finding and accessing evidence.

Keywords: Evidence Based Medicine: A New Approach in the Field of Medicine

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