"Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values…When these three elements are integrated, clinicians and patients form a diagnostic and therapeutic alliance which optimizes clinical outcomes and quality of life." (Sackett et al., 2000)

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"Evidence-based medicine is a natural evolution in medicine that fits very well into the osteopathic philosophy. Historically, physicians practiced medicine without any significant research literature basis. The next step, then, was to develop a literature base that supported what physicians did. Evidence-based medicine is a third step, which is to take the literature base, combine it with what you know about the patient, their values, the patient's personality, their physical examination, and their history, and develop a treatment plan that has a strong basis in the medical literature. This is a priority for our College. I would like to see almost all therapy that we teach in the College of Osteopathic Medicine based on the research literature and integrated with the patient's unique clinical situation."  

Jack Brose, D.O., Dean, OU-HCOM

September, 2004


EBM Resources (links, "Five Steps of EBM," licensed EBM databases)

Getting full text journal articles online (NEW February 2008)  

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