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Using evidence about clinical effectiveness in everyday psychiatric practice

  • John Geddes (a1)
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Most clinicians understand the advantages of basing their practice on the best available evidence, but sometimes doubts are voiced about the feasibility of applying the strategies of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in everyday clinical practice. This article describes one strategy for beginning to use EBM in ‘real-time’ which could already be used by the majority of clinicians. The rapid developments in clinical informatics are likely to enhance the feasibility and value of this strategy.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
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Using evidence about clinical effectiveness in everyday psychiatric practice

  • John Geddes (a1)
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