Evidence based medicine is defined by Sackett et al. (1996) as:
"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."
This definition has evolved over time, with a more recent definition by Sackett et al. (2000), as cited in Haynes, Devereaux, and Guyatt referring to evidence based medicine as "the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values."
Nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and other health-care professionals all depend upon access to evidence from research conducted using well-grounded methods. This evidence regarding the effectiveness of health-care treatments contributes to health-care professionals making the best decisions regarding patient care.
The EBM (Evidence Based Medicine) Reviews (Ovid) database is a key resource for Kean students and faculty seeking evidence from sound research on health-care treatments. In particular, the EBM database provides access to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which provides full-text systematic reviews of the effects of health-care treatments, as studied in clinical trials.
In addition to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, EBM Reviews also provides access to a number of other resources, including:
You may search all seven of these resources simultaneously or limit your searching to one resource (or more than one resource). Simply click "Change" to make your selection(s). The search form enables you to search by keyword, author, title, or journal. Click the "Limits" option to focus on particular publication types or date range.
Haynes, R. B., Devereaux, P. J., & Guyatt, G. H.
Sackett, D. L., Rosenberg, W. M. C., Gray, J. A. M., Haynes, R. B., & Richardson, W. S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: What it is and what it
isn't. British Medical Journal, 312:71-72. doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7023.71
L. Cifelli, February 1, 2017
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