Evidence-based medicine

Evidence-based medicine

Evidence-based” means “supported by scientific proof.” But why is that special? How is evidence-based medicine different from other approaches, how can it be used for health information – and what's in it for patients? Our information about evidence-based medicine at a glance:

What is evidence-based medicine?

Making the right medical decisions can sometimes be difficult, even for specialists: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a certain treatment or diagnostic test? Is it even necessary, and are there alternative options? Evidence-based medicine (EBM) looks for reliable answers to ensure that patients get the treatment that is best for them.

Studies and research

Surely, every study leads to new and useful findings? Unfortunately, no: A lot of studies don’t provide any reliable information. But how do you know whether a study is any good? Why are randomized controlled trials so important, and what are systematic reviews needed for? What does EBM have to offer?

Making a decision

How can you weigh the pros and cons of different treatment options or diagnostic procedures, and then make the decision that is right for you? What information do you need, where can you find it, and who can help?

Our methods and processes

We at InformedHealth.org would like to make the latest medical knowledge available to everyone. One question is at the forefront of all our work: What would patients, their families, friends and other people interested in our topics like to know about medical conditions and other health issues?