Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), or Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), is “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external evidence from systematic research."
This EBM guide provides general information and links to several high quality resources to aid in your search for evidence. In addition, you will find links to EBM resources provided by UK Libraries.
"Evidence-based" can either refer to a resource that provides recommendations to aid in medical decision making or it can refer to a scientific method by which research is assessed and evaluated.
As you move up the pyramid a piece of evidence ability to guide clinical action increases. Topics become more specific as you move down the pyramid.
When looking for information, you should endeavor to obtain information at the highest level possible of the information pyramid. When looking for evidence to support clinical decision making, you should endeavor to obtain information at the highest level possible of the information pyramid.