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Evidence based medicine: does it make a difference?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:92

Make it evidence informed practice with a little wisdom

  1. Paul Glasziou, general practitioner (
  1. Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF

EDITOR—In the theme issue on whether evidence based medicine makes a difference Gabbay and le May ask whether guidelines are evidence based or “mindlines” that have been constructed collectively.1 It is clearly time to change “evidence based medicine” to “evidence informed practice.”2 Although “EBMers” have emphasised the importance of patients' values in decision making, this is missed in most …

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