Stop Going Rogue and Start Doing Right: Essential Practices in Evidence-Based Medicine
“Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients”. In order to practise evidence-based medicine it is necessary to be aware of – or at least know how to find – the current best evidence in favour of a particular intervention at a particular stage of a patient’s disease. The best evidence for the effectiveness of therapy is obtained from randomised controlled clinical trials. Unfortunately there are relatively few such trials available in veterinary medicine and therefore other sources of evidence may represent the “best evidence” available. Understanding the assumptions, advantages and limitations of different scientific publications can help one to become a more sophisticated practitioner of evidence-based medicine.
- After attending this presentation veterinarians will:
- •Know a definition of evidence based medicine
- •Understand how randomised trials are structured and conducted.
- •Appreciate the “hierarchies” of evidence that exist.
- •Understand a specific approach to the practice of evidence-based medicine.