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Addressing EBVM concerns

Some questions you might be asking... 

Don’t we have enough to do?

Isn’t implementing EBVM just a way to force people to read veterinary journals?

Isn’t EBVM just a medical ‘fad’ created by young, highly numerate academics to belittle the performance of highly experienced clinicians?

Is EBVM a way to place statistics in charge of patient care, instead of veterinary surgeons?

 

Don’t we have enough to do?

It is unrealistic to expect that a busy veterinary professional would have the time to read every single publication in his/her field, critically appraise it and use it as a backdrop for decision making. For this reason we are summarising those papers for you.

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Isn’t implementing EBVM just a way to force people to read veterinary journals?

No, quite the opposite.  In creating an online database of Knowledge Summaries, we are providing short critical summaries of the best available information on a defined clinical question. Each Knowledge Summary will provide a concise conclusion of one or two pages which should be easily (and rapidly) accessible by clinical staff (ideally in less than 30 seconds).1

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Isn’t EBVM just a medical ‘fad’ created by young, highly numerate academics to belittle the performance of highly experienced clinicians?

No. Doctors and veterinary surgeons have always based their decisions on solid evidence, and doing this in the light of solid clinical experience is the essence of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine. Where we can help is by providing that solid evidence, as up-to-date as possible, in a summarised form.

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Is EBVM a way to place statistics in charge of patient care, instead of veterinary surgeons?

No, but if statistics can help us in our day-to-day decision making, we shouldn’t be scared of using them.

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References

1. Sackett, D.L. and Straus, S.E. (1998) Finding and applying evidence during clinical rounds: the "evidence cart". Journal of the American Medical Association, 280 (15), pp. 1336-8

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