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Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Jan-Feb;24(1):9-17.

Evidence-based medicine: a unified approach.

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Behind the wide acceptance of the idea of "evidence-based medicine" are two curious facts: There are two very different approaches to applying evidence to medicine, and the most commonly cited definition applies to only one of them. This paper describes the problem that we are asking "evidence" to solve and the different methods by which evidence can be used to help solve that problem, and recommends a unified approach.

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