How to Practice Evidence-Based Medicine

Anna Donald, MD, MPP

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This article is the second in a 3-part series. The third and final article will identify practical ways of making your team and organization evidence-based. [Part 1, entitled "Evidence-Based Medicine: Key Concepts," was posted on Medscape General Medicine April 2, 2002, and is available at]

Being an evidence-based medicine specialist requires in-depth knowledge of epidemiology and other research methods. It also requires working with a multidisciplinary team that has the appropriate skills and experience. Thankfully, however, it is not necessary to dedicate your life to evidence-based medicine to use it in your work. Just as you might use the materials and concepts of hematology, radiology, and other medical specialties in your daily practice, you can also use materials and concepts of evidence-based medicine.


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