What is Evidence-Based Medicine and why is it important?
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an approach to medical practice intended to optimize decision-making by emphasizing the use of evidence from well designed and conducted research.
EBM entails the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.
EBM advocates that to the greatest extent possible, decisions should be based on evidence, not just the beliefs of practitioners, experts, or administrators.
EBM tries to assure that a clinician's opinion, which may be limited by knowledge gaps or biases, is supplemented with all available knowledge from the scientific literature so that best practice can be determined and applied.