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The evidence base: rock of certainty or shifting sands?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7445.963 (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:963

If evidence-based medicine is a black tie party...

If evidence-based medicine is a black tie party, dress down and you
get opinion-based medicine; invite the patient and you get real-world
medicine [1].

1. Hampton JR. Evidence-based medicine, opinion-based medicine, and
real-world medicine. Perspect Biol Med 2002;45(4):549-68.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

16 April 2004
Akheel A Syed
Specialist Registrar & Clinical Research Associate
University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH