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Evidence-Based Medicine: Integrating Appraisal

A guide to tools and resources on the topic of Evidence-Based Medicine

Why appraise?

After locating evidence and determining how useful the information will be for the patient's unique situation, you will need to determine how best to apply the evidence to practice.

Consider:

Study similarities to your setting

The available alternatives

How similar your patient is to those studied

Whether studied outcomes are realistic in your clinical setting

Whether potential benefit outweighs potential risk

How the intervention relates to the patient's values and experiences

What the outcome will be if no intervention is applied