“Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients”. In order to practise evidence-based medicine it is necessary to be aware of – or at least know how to find – the current best evidence in favour of a particular intervention at a particular stage of a patient’s disease. The best evidence for the effectiveness of therapy is obtained from randomised controlled clinical trials. Unfortunately, there are relatively few such trials available in veterinary medicine and therefore other sources of evidence may represent the “best evidence” available. Understanding the assumptions, advantages, and limitations of different scientific publications can help one tobecome a more sophisticated practitioner of evidence-based medicine.
Presented by Adrian Boswood, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, DVC
Professor of Veterinary Cardiology at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London
Presented at New York Vet 2019
Clinical Theater 1