5. Why is EBVM important?
5.1. Clinical applications of EBVM
5.1 Clinical applications of EBVM
EBVM can help practitioners in a number of ways.
The ways EBVM can help practitioners include:
- improving confidence in your own clinical decision-making
- dealing with information overload
- developing a structured approach to using reliable evidence-based methods in your practice, for example, practice guidelines
- demonstrating Quality Improvement in practice, which might include the use of EBVM to carry out a clinical audit.
Clinical examples could arise by considering the following:
- a recent journal article that recommends a different diagnostic method or treatment protocol from that which you currently use
- a particularly challenging or unresolved case
- evaluating a new marketing leaflet you have received from a pharmaceutical company
- a need for new practice protocols or guidelines, or to review existing ones
- questions arising from case discussions within the practice
- an area in which you know you would like to develop your skills
- a disease you and your colleagues approach differently in terms of diagnostics or therapy
- a disease process you treat that you feel has unsatisfactory outcomes
- a case report or publication you are keen to work on
- clinical audit activity.