Evidence Based Medicine

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Evidence Based Medicine

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What We Mean When We Say Evidence-Based Medicine

In medicine, the term “evidence-based” causes more arguments than you might expect.

And that’s quite apart from the recent political controversy over why certain words were avoided in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget documents.

The arguments don’t divide along predictable partisan lines, either.

The mission of “evidence-based medicine” is surprisingly recent. Before its arrival, much of medicine was based on clinical experience. Doctors tried to figure out what worked by trial and error, and they passed their knowledge along to those who trained under them.

Many were first introduced to evidence-based medicine through David Sackett’s handbook,…

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