Evidence-Based Medicine: Definition and Example

Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a clinical practice approach that prioritizes the use of the best available scientific evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. It involves critically appraising the current scientific literature and incorporating the results of well-designed and conducted studies into clinical decision making.

For example, when deciding on the best treatment for a patient with a specific condition, an EBM practitioner would review relevant scientific studies, meta-analyses, systematic reviews and guidelines to determine the most effective intervention based on the best available evidence. This approach helps to ensure that the treatment is effective and safe, and minimizes the use of treatments that have little or no evidence of efficacy.