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Integrating Evidence-Based Medicine into Daily Practice

The practice of evidence-based medicine involves integrating clinical expertise with the best available clinical evidence from a systematic review of research.

To make the best clinical decisions, individual clinical expertise needs to be integrated with the best available external evidence. Without clinical expertise, practice risks become misleading since even excellent research may be inapplicable to or inappropriate for an individual patient whose needs are influenced by culture, values and preferences. Without current best evidence, practice risks become rapidly out of date, to the detriment of patients.

Developing skills and capacity among individuals and organizations to apply to an evidenced-based approach to diabetes-related clinical care can be an important way to affect change in health care systems.

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