Evidence-basedmedicine (EBM) is the integration of using medical research with validating resultsto help educate, diagnose, and treat patients in clinical practice. It is a movement which aimsto increase the use of high quality clinical research in clinical decisionmaking.
1 EBM is not merely used to provide a specific “answer,” toclinical questions but rather, as a guide for clinicians to make medical decisionscollectively with their patients about the details of the condition and/ortreatment plan. Research evidence may still be key to making the rightdecision—but it does not determine that decision. Clinicians may provideinformation, but they are also trained to make ethical and technical judgments,and they hold a socially recognized role to care, comfort, and bear witness tosuffering.2The practice ofevidence-based medicine is a process of lifelong, self-directed, problem-basedlearning in which caring for one’s own patients creates the need for clinicallyimportant information about diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and other clinicaland health care issues.1 The key here being that EBM is a process oflearning that is lifelong, self-directed, and problem-based. Similar to EBM, cliniciansare lifelong learners as they are continuously learning about the advancementsof medicine.
Medicine is constantly evolving. Therefore, research on diseases,drugs, management, etc. are constantly being updated. Thus, it is extremely importantfor clinicians to remain up to date with medical knowledge. There are manysources that help clinicians keep up with the most up to date evidence basedresearch and information including, The New England Journal of Medicine, AmericanJournal of Medicine, UpToDate, and so much more.
As a Physician Assistantstudent, the AmericanAcademy of Physician Assistants and Journal of the American Academy ofPhysician Assistants have been my top resources throughout my academic phase thusfar.