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Implementing evidence-based psychiatry: Whose responsibility?

  • Stephen M. Lawrie (a1), Allan I. F. Scott (a1) and Michael C. Sharpe (a1)
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Evidence-based medicine is fine in principle, but needs to demonstrate tangible benefits to clinicians and their patients in practice. The main obstacles to its implementation are: (a) identifying information needs; (b) delivering reliable and clinically useful information to the ward/clinic; and (c) ensuring the information is regularly updated. How can this be achieved in psychiatry?

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Stephen M. Lawrie, University Department of Psychiatry, Kennedy Tower, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Park, Edinburgh EH10 5HF, UK. Tel: 0131 537 6671; Fax: 0131 537 6531; e-mail: S.Lawrie@ed.ac.uk
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Implementing evidence-based psychiatry: Whose responsibility?

  • Stephen M. Lawrie (a1), Allan I. F. Scott (a1) and Michael C. Sharpe (a1)
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