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The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

PAM Physician Assistant Medicine: EBP

Doing What Works and Doing it the Right Way to Achieve the Best Possible Patient Outcomes

"Evidence Based Medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients."

     Sackett, D. L., Rosenberg, W. M., Gray, J. A., Haynes, R. B., & Richardson, W. S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 312(7023), 71–72. doi:10.1136/bmj.312.7023.71

Five steps of EBP

1.  Identify the Question


2.  Access the Evidence


3.  Appraise the Evidence


4.  Use the Evidence


5.  Evaluate the Change


Hierarchy of Evidence Illustration

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Cohort Study - a typed of longitudinal study that has a group of people who share a particular form characteristic (cohort)

Meta-Analysis - when the author has combined the results of multiple studies and runs analysis on the combined results.

RCT - Randomized Control Trial

Reviews vs Systematic Reviews - Systematic Review is not a publication type in Pubmed.  It is a search filter. You can customize to add this filter in Article types.

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