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Education And Debate

A conceptual framework may be of limited value

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1032

Straus et al provide a conceptual framework for evaluation of strategies for teaching evidence based medicine (EBM).1 They correctly state that there is little evidence of effectiveness of teaching EBM, a deficiency frequently identified by critics.2 3 The authors' assumption is that provision of a conceptual framework will lead to better studies. But will it? Is it really the case that a conceptual framework leads naturally to well designed studies? …

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