Preaching the Evidence-Based Medicine Gospel, Here and Abroad

by Karan Chhabra

Confession: I’ve been writing for another blog (gasp!), and I’ve decided it’s time to come clean about it.

It’s called Students 4 Best Evidence, and it’s actually really exciting. S4BE is a new place for students representing all the health professions, all over the world, to help push the cause of evidence-based medicine (EBM). On the blog, we try to demystify what exactly EBM and other buzzwords mean, but we also provide reviews of the EBM resources already out there, and comment on the EBM movement as a whole. The blog is supported by the UK Cochrane Centre, which also promotes the development of Cochrane Systematic Reviews, some of the best-respected evidence analyses out there.

My latest post dealt with the future of EBM in the US. I tried to keep it light on the wonkery, for the sake of the international audience, but here’s how my thoughts shook out:

The realities of American politics will make government-driven support for EBM difficult to enact. But the government is not the only one who suffers from poor value in healthcare, nor is it the only group backing change. Insurers, hospital administrators, and professional organizations are showering physicians with evidence-based practice guidelines, whether docs like it or not. And I predict that those pressures will trump any others, political or otherwise, resisting evidence-based practice.

Go read, and if you’re a health professions student interested in what we’re doing, get in touch!

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Karan is a student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Duke graduate who previously worked in strategic research for hospital executives.

Follow him on Twitter @KRChhabra or subscribe to the blog.

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