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January 8, 2003

El Niño and Incidence of Hemorrhagic Fever With Renal Syndrome in China

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(2):176. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.176-d

In Reply: Historically the broad discipline of education has been plagued by beliefs that some things are good and useful without ever putting these beliefs to an empirical test. These most fiercely held beliefs may not stand up to the rigors of a research trial.1 Our intent was to call for a degree of empiricism within the discipline of EBM education. This approach is consistent with the general field of medical education, where international groups are collaborating to provide high-quality summaries of medical education research.2,3 Their aim is to aid teachers in implementing "methods and approaches to education based on the best evidence available."3 Irrespective of the research methods used (quantitative or qualitative) or the discipline from which they are derived (education, social sciences, health services, etc), all educational endeavors will be enhanced by testing them with rigorous methods.

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