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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-78

Evidence-based medicine: The new paradigm of clinical decision making


Department of Urology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Santosh Kumar
Department of Urology, JIPMER, Pondicherry - 605 006
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Traditional clinical decision making (Opinion-Based Medicine or The Old Paradigm) is based on individual clinical experience. Wide variability and inconsistencies of traditional clinical decision making have been docu­mented. The movement of Evidence-Based Medicine (The New Paradigm) was started in early 1990s to integrate research evidence into clinical decision-making process with the ultimate aim of providing optimum management to patients. This article briefly discusses the shortcom­ings of Opinion-Based Medicine and describes the prin­ciples, methodology, requisite skills and resources, advantages and limitations of Evidence-Based Medicine.


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