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December 1998

Bringing Evidence to the Clinic

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(12):1519-1520. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.12.1519

IN CLINICAL practice, caring for patients generates many questions about diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy that challenges us to keep up-to-date with the medical literature. A study of North American general physicians found that 2 clinically important questions arose for every 3 patients seen.1 Another challenge to keeping abreast of the medical literature is the volume of clinical literature. General physicians who want to keep up-to-date with articles relevant to their practices face the task of examining 19 articles a day, 365 days a year.2