How It Works

On average, physicians spend less than two minutes seeking an answer to a medical question.

J Med Libr Assoc. 2006 Jan; 94(1): 55–60.

Evidence is the highest level of truth regarding medical therapies. Evidence will enable you to see how many patients got a specific therapy and how many of these patients had a good or bad outcome.

Each Summary Contains:

  • Your PICO Question
  • Link(s) to Relevant Study(s)
  • Summary (or Screen Shot) of Relevant Data Specific to Question
  • Call to Action For Doctors (if Applicable)

The two most common sources physicians turn to are:

  1. Fellow physicians, pharmacists and other individuals; and
  2. Drug references and textbooks.

The Basics of Medical Evidence:

On average, physicians spend less than two minutes seeking an answer to a medical question.

  1. Medical evidence is a form of expert evidence. Medical evidence can take many forms. It can include a doctor’s clinical notes or records, and the forms a doctor completes and sends to WorkSafeBC on a regular basis.[1]
  2. Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) According to definition Evidence Based Medicine represents integration of clinical expertise, patient’s values and best available evidence in process of decision making related to patients health care.[2]
  3. Real-world Evidence is the clinical evidence regarding the usage and potential benefits or risks of a medical product derived from analysis of RWD. RWE can be generated by different study designs or analyses, including but not limited to, randomized trials, including large simple trials, pragmatic trials, and observational studies (prospective and/or retrospective). Real-world evidence makes use of data from populations that are better representative of real practice than those studied in clinical trials. Real-world evidence can help validate results observed in clinical trials or fill in knowledge gaps when trial data is lacking.

Using evidence from research studies is like entering a virtual waiting room of patients just like yourself, and asking, “What happened after undergoing your unique treatments?”


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