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Evidence-based medicine


The conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research. Evidence-based medicine does not mean "cook-book" medicine, or the unthinking use of guidelines. It does imply that evidence should be reasonably readily available in an easily understood and useable form.

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