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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 May;142(5):637-46. doi: 10.1016/j.otohns.2010.01.018.

Evidence-based medicine in otolaryngology, part 1: the multiple faces of evidence-based medicine.

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Division of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


Evidence-based medicine, with its capacity to improve patient outcomes, has grown prominent throughout the medical field. Otolaryngology is at a crucial stage in the expansion of evidence-based medicine, with its impact seen in many arenas. As the evidence continues to shape our field, we hope to serve our otolaryngology community through this invited series, which is dedicated to the exposition of evidence-based medicine and its applications. This first installment examines evidence-based medicine itself and its multiple interpretations, including a purist view, a population-based view, and a view centered on the individual. Strengths and weaknesses of each are discussed, as well the potential for unification and evolution of these concepts. We also place evidence-based medicine in the context of the mindset of traditional medicine and anticipate future developments.

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