Evidence-Based Medicine: What is it? Why Should We Care?

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What is the best medical approach to Covid-19 or other diseases? In today’s highly charged environments, there is often uncertainty in what the “best” medical approaches are, and it can be difficult to have confidence in some authorities’ assertions. The diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease is inherently imprecise, in many cases. Therefore, the backdrop of some conventional and social media communications increases the magnitude of uncertainty about current medical best practices and future potential advances.

Evidence based medicine is an important strategy for improving patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness. We will be discussing evidence-based medicine as a strategy for evaluating the quality and impact of clinically-based research, and how it interfaces with patient values and clinical judgment. Our discussion will emphasize understanding how the quality of a clinical study influences the degree of confidence that we can have in the results and interpretations, and how this can affect desired clinical outcomes. We will also be providing context for why Evidence-Based Medicine is important and some of the criticisms of this approach. Our goal is for you to:

  • Understand why Evidence-Based Medicine is a needed complement to conventional approaches
  • Understand how the value of clinical research is assessed in Evidence-Based Medicine approaches
  • Understand the context for when and how Evidence-Based Medicine can be applied

Dr. Miller

Dr. Miller is a veterinarian with a PhD in Clinical Science. His PhD studies emphasized the epidemiology of agent transmission, diagnostic testing, and One Health. He has advanced clinical specializations in animal welfare (Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare) and zoological medicine (Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine), as well as experience in a variety of laboratory, research, regulatory, exhibition, and other clinical settings. In addition to his broad research and publication background, he has served as a research and consultant. He has served on and lead a number of committees responsible for policy and guidelines that are used nationally and internationally.Learn more about Dr. Miller…

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