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Evidence based medicine

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7443.842 (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:842
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    If the evidence based approach were applied to all our activities, medical care would improve immensely, but new difficulties would arise.

    We would see the greatest improvement in the large body of habits surrounding medical practice: the routines and rituals. There is no evidence that people recovering from abdominal surgery should firstly be offered sips, then glasses of water, and then clear fluids followed by soups, soft diet, light diet, and so …

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