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Respiratory Therapy

This resource is designed to make research simpler for undergraduate respiratory therapy students.

Evidence-Based Medicine

The words “evidence-based” are used to describe many things in medicine, healthcare and beyond. Evidence-based medicine (EBM), evidence-based practice, evidence-based policy, or evidence-based education.
The concept ensures that when decisions are made, they are made on the basis of the most up-to-date and reliable scientific evidence. In the case of medicine or health care, these are the decisions about the care of individual patients.



"Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients" - David Sackett




Using EBM in Practice

"Putting your research into practice is known as Evidence-Based Practice. If you are going to practice in this way, you have to be able to find evidence from scientific studies that are relevant to your patients. You then have to understand those studies and be able to appraise them (not all studies will be relevant to your patient and even if they are, they may not be good studies). And finally you have to apply those results when making decisions about your patient. This means being able to integrate the evidence with your patients personal needs, their values and beliefs, and their wishes."
Reference (page copied from):
Schneider, S. Respiratory Therapy Professional Organizations & Associations.