Editors' reply

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.380b (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:380
  1. David L Sacketta,
  2. R Brian Haynesa
  1. Editor, Evidence-Based Medicine Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU
  2. Editor, Evidence-Based Medicine Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

    EDITOR,—Evidence based medicine requires the integration of individual clinical expertise with best available external evidence from systematic research.1 Good doctors use both. Without the former, practice quickly becomes “evidence tyrannised”; without the latter, practice quickly becomes out of date. Journals such as Evidence-Based Medicine strive to bring both to a readership that can find less than 30 minutes a week to read about subjects relevant to patients. We serve our readers by monitoring both the current literature and other …

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