The Pioneer of Evidence-Based Medicine

We hear and see the term ‘evidence based medicine’ (EBM) frequently in medical research and health care delivery. However, the concept is only a few decades old. Originally coined by Dr. David Sackett (and colleagues), a researcher and physician from McMaster University, EBM is the underlying principle that guides most (all?) medical research, including our own – generating, translating, and applying evidence to guide clinical practice for preventing and managing pediatric obesity.

Dr. Sackett died recently. For more information about him, his work, and his legacy, click here.


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  1. Evidence is anything presented in support of an assertion, Wikipedia says. As such, it could be weak or strong, little or too much. Systematic reviews of clinical trials are regarded as the strongest form of evidence in medical sciences followed by single clinical trials. Evidence produced by qualitative studies ranks very low in the hierarchy of evidence. What we tend to forget about this is that these values are given, not inherent. Philosophically speaking, they are not attributes of the evidence but attributions of its quality…

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