What: Sackett et al state evidence based medicine is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.”1
Why: Clinicians play an integral role in the student’s discovery of Evidence-Based Practice. The clinician’s expertise in clinical decision making coupled with understanding of patient values helps guide students to utilize best research to make optimal treatment decisions.
- Guide for efficient literature searching Application of appraising evidence
- Library Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine: http://libguides.slu.edu
1 Sackett DL, Rosenberg WMC, Muir Gray JA, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t. BMJ 1996; 312:71-2.