Should healthcare be based on evidence?

When talking about healthcare, we would surely expect it to be evidence-based? But, what does this term really mean and can health professionals be supported enough to stay up-to-date with the latest research in their area?

Listeners to this talk may be surprised to realise that much of modern medical practice could still benefit from being more evidence-based. In this lecture, Paul Glasziou, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, discusses the basics of Evidence-Based Medicine; covering barriers to the best use of evidence – such as the volume of research and the limitations of medical practitioners time. Professor Glasziou suggests the key to improving practice is to provide health professionals with the tools to access the latest research in a way that can effectively be incorporated into the everyday medical practice that we all experience.

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