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.