Evidence-based medicine: The new paradigm of clinical decision making
Department of Urology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India
Santosh Kumar Department of Urology, JIPMER, Pondicherry - 605 006 India
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Traditional clinical decision making (Opinion-Based Medicine or The Old Paradigm) is based on individual clinical experience. Wide variability and inconsistencies of traditional clinical decision making have been documented. The movement of Evidence-Based Medicine (The New Paradigm) was started in early 1990s to integrate research evidence into clinical decision-making process with the ultimate aim of providing optimum management to patients. This article briefly discusses the shortcomings of Opinion-Based Medicine and describes the principles, methodology, requisite skills and resources, advantages and limitations of Evidence-Based Medicine.