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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;330:94

Summary of webchat

  1. Birte Twisselmann, technical editor
  1. BMJ

EDITOR—The webchat on what's the evidence that evidence based medicine (EBM) changes anything raised more questions than answers.1 Participants started by outlining current challenges: the problems with defining evidence; the impact of teaching EBM; how to use evidence in clinical practice (practising EBM in real time) and integrate it with other sources of information; the role of patients, colleagues, and other eminent figures for those wishing to practise EBM; and the role of continuing medical education in facilitating clinical practice of EBM.

Many problems centre on who decides what evidence is, how it is defined, and its constantly changing nature. If people use different sources of information, …

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