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Pratique et critique de l’evidence-based medicine Volume 81, issue 8, Octobre 2005

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Docteur en médecine, anesthésiste-réanimateur, docteur en philosophie, service d’anesthésie-réanimation, Hôpital G. et R. Laennec, 44035 Nantes Cedex 01.
  • Key words: evidence-based medicine, clinical practice, recommendations, health policy
  • Page(s) : 683-91
  • Published in: 2005

Practice and critique of evidence-based medicine.Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is defined as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients”. It cannot be reduced to the non critical use of the recommendations it gives rise to. The EBM decision procedure is described and the limits and risks of EBM, perceived as justifying an institutional monitoring of practice, are presented.