Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017
- CEBM - Center for Evidence Based Medicine
Located in Oxford, UK CEBM aims is to develop, teach and promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to doctors and health care professionals to help maintain the highest standards of medicine.
From BMJ Group and McMaster University, all citations (from over 120 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians.
In the early 1990s a group of doctors at McMaster University in Canada coined the term – “evidence based medicine”.
“Evidence-based medicine (EBM) requires the integration of the best research evidence with our clinical expertise and our patient’s unique values and circumstances" 1.
1. Straus SE. Evidence-based medicine : How to practice and teach EBM. 3rd ed. Edinburgh ; New York: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone; 2005, p.1
EBM starts with a clinical problem ...
- Step 1 involves converting your need for information into a focused clinical question. The question you develop will impact upon the entire EBM research process. A good question will save time when researching, keep the focus on the patients' needs, and suggest an appropriate form the answer may take.
- Step 2 involves finding the best evidence. The 6S Hierarchy of Evidence Based Resources is a useful model for organising resources.
- Step 3 involves critically appraising that evidence for its validity, impact, applicability and clinical usefullness.
- Step 4 integrates evidence with clinical expertise and the patients unique values, and circumstances.
- Step 5 evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the process and adjust if necessary.