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Evidence-based medicine in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine: a blessing or a curse? 

Evidence-based medicine in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine: a blessing or a curse?
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Evidence-based medicine in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine: a blessing or a curse?
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Jacob Patijn

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10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0003
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date: 30 September 2020

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is defined as the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the best evidence currently available in making decisions regarding the care of individual patients. Therefore, the practice of EBM implies combining individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research. Use of the term ‘individual clinical expertise’ suggests the proficiency and judgement that individual clinicians acquire through clinical experience and practice. This chapter demonstrates that using EBM in Manual/Musculoskeletal (M/M) Medicine in the correct way will lead to the further development of the profession. It shows how the present trend in EBM should stimulate the practitioner in M/M medicine to become more critical about his or her daily practice.

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