Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine
The term evidence-based medicine first appeared in 1990 in the information brochure for McMaster University Internal Medicine Residency Program. However, the work which led to its origin may be traced back to late 1970s, when Prof. David Sackett, the then Chairman of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics McMaster University, Canada, published a series of articles in the Canadian Medical Association Journal beginning in 1981. The series was named ‘The Readers’ Guide to Medical Literature’. The series had one article devoted to each of the paper on diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, etc. The articles provided guides to critical appraisal of the various types of clinical papers. Internet did not exit at that time and information technology was in infancy. Not surprisingly, the series did not contain any section on ‘how to search for relevant papers’.
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