Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Evidence-Based Medicine: Introduction

Evidence-Based Medicine Guide

About this Guide

This Guide is designed to assist students in:

  • Understanding core evidence-based medicine (EBM) concepts

  • Developing research skills necessary for the practice of evidence-based medicine

  • Accessing evidence-based medicine resources 

For questions about the information in this Guide or problems with links and/or resources, please contact Arwen Meador.  

 

When referring to this resource in your writing, please attribute with a reference, like provided here:

Meador, A. Evidence-Based Medicine website.  Sam Houston State University Libguides. Published July 2020. Accessed Month day, year. https://shsulibraryguides.org/ebm

 

What is Evidence-Based Medicine?

Evidence-Based Medicine is the practice of using high-quality research, clinical expertise, and patient values to make clinical decisions about prevention, treatment, or management of illness.  

For a more in-depth definition of EBM, see:

Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 3rd ed

  • Chapter 2: What Is Evidence-Based Medicine? 

Gordon Guyatt; Roman Jaeschke; Mark C. Wilson; Victor M. Montori; W. Scott Richardson

For an oral history of EBM, see: 

Evidence-Based Medicine: An oral History

JAMA Network

 

Evidence-Based Medicine Practice Model

Finding and using evidence to inform clinical decisions involves a five-step investigative process.  This Guide focuses on explaining steps 1-3.    

EBM Practice Model:  

1 Ask a well-defined, answerable clinical question.  Use the PICO framework to define the question.  
2 Acquire the best available evidence from the literature.   
3 Appraise the literature for relevancy, currency, validity, and applicability.  
4 Apply the evidence to the clinical situation.
5 Assess the effectiveness of the intervention.  Did it improve the outcome?

 

Newton Gresham Library | (936) 294-1614 | (866) NGL-INFO | Ask a Question | Share a Suggestion

Sam Houston State University | Huntsville, Texas 77341 | (936) 294-1111 | (866) BEARKAT
© Copyright Sam Houston State University | All rights reserved. | A Member of The Texas State University System