Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Evidence Based Medicine

According to the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.

The best available clinical evidence is essential in an environment where healthcare payers and providers cannot afford any slippage in patient outcomes and satisfaction. This is a hard fact in an era with unsustainable costs, higher volume of those in need, and more rigid guidelines on federal and state reimbursements.

Our work in EBM

Within our overall goal of disseminating information about policies and programs that are safe, effective and less costly, the research team at Cochrane at Mason has acquired the unique expertise to conduct and advise on research grounded in the principles and rigors of EBM. Our work in EBM includes:

  • Developing standards for accelerated evidence synthesis.
  • Producing rapid (or accelerated) reviews to address time-sensitive stakeholder decision needs.
  • Tailored evidence synthesis geared toward providing healthcare organizations the right information to guide high value care.
  • Advising on evidence synthesis and implementation of synthesis findings.

More information about our current projects within Accelerated Evidence Synthesis is available here.

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