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March 20, 2002

Evidence-Based PracticeUsers' Guides to the Medical Literature: Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;287(11):1464-1466. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1464-JBK0320-3-1

About a dozen years ago, we heard the call to practice medicine on the basis of credible evidence. McMaster University clinicians Gordon Guyatt, David Sackett, and colleagues began to etch evidence-based medicine's (EBM's) triple tenets of finding, evaluating, and applying explicit evidence in clinical practice. They drummed their message gently and periodically in a series of publications in JAMA with timely assistance from editor Drummond Rennie. As a result, "EBM" as a term has come of age, having gained MeSH (National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings) entry and general acceptance in clinical vocabulary. There are several excellent books on this topic; THE JOURNAL has reviewed some of them recently.1,2 Now, Guyatt, Rennie, and more than 60 contributors have brought forth two more books on EBM, one an Essentials, the other a Manual. Is there a need for more volumes in the growing field of EBM?

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