Evidence based medicine is the key to the success of modern healthcare. A booklet, launched on 25 April by Sense About Science and the Academy contains case studies of 15 of the game changers in evidence based medicine.
All agree that evidence based medicine must be at the core of medical Royal Colleges’ role in raising the standard of patient care. They also agree that there are frustrations and challenges to this aspiration. It will never be possible to investigate every intervention for every possible circumstance and some treatments escape rigorous scrutiny. Complicated discussions about whether funding, time and expertise should be focused on clinical research, basic research or training are going on. Grappling with these frustrations must continue. Medicine is driven by precisely this kind of critical approach. It is because medical professionals are willing to open things up for discussion again and again that we can move medicine forward.
“The 15 case studies illustrate the role evidence based medicine plays in shaping and influencing healthcare across the profession. The Academy and its members are committed to continually improve patient safety through the development and testing of treatments, tests and prevention strategies to take medicines and healthcare into the future. We are pleased that this booklet highlights that work and the dedication of the Colleges and Faculties to patient welfare through evidence based medicine.”
Síle Lane, from Sense About Science said:
“The Colleges have shown us that the caricature of modern medicine as immobile and blind to new ideas is wrong. The way doctors continually draw questions about treatments back into the frame stands in stark contrast to some traditional medical practitioners who champion long use of a treatment over anything else.”
Download the Evidence Based Medicine Matters report. For more information see the Sense about Science website.