Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been defined as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external evidence from systematic research.” 1
And the concept has also been described as the “integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.” 2
It is the second definition above that best explains Veremedy’s approach to patient care because of the addition of the key words, “patient values.” In the case of veterinary medicine, this equates to an acknowledgment that the pet owner’s individual values and philosophy can affect the course of treatment that is prescribed for any given medical problem.
This is an important point. It is not the veterinarian’s value system that should be driving the decision-making process; it is the pet owner’s values!
Not all evidence is created equal, so although clinical experience of a single veterinarian in the field has value, the best evidence is based on sound scientific research. To understand how we evaluate the research, see the vetted information section.
- David Sackett, et al. “Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is and What It Is Not,” BMJ 312, n0. 7023 (1996).
- David Sackett, et al. “Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM (New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2000), 1.