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Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)

EBM as a stepwise process

ebm begins and edns with the patient

EBM STEPS

  • ASK the question
    • PICO[T]
  • ACQUIRE the evidence
    • Find a summary or synopsis
    • Search literature for Systematic Review or Primary Literature
  • APPRAISE the evidence
    • What is the strength of the evidence
  • APPLY the evidence if appropriate
    • Is this applicable to this patient/population/circumstance?
  • EVALUATE the process and outcome