CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  NIDDK - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations.

Provide Evidence-Based Care

Experienced clinicians use a wide range of judgments, decisions, actions, and recommendations in the practice of medicine that include knowledge, past experience, empathy, compassion, respect for the patient's wishes, an appreciation of common care practice patterns within the community, and an understanding of human biology.

The practice of evidence-based decision-making involves integrating these elements with the best available clinical evidence from a systematic review of research. However, a literature search only informs the clinician of the available evidence and says nothing about helping the clinician make the best decision in light of the patient's preferences and values.

This section provides an overview of ways an evidence base can guide clinical decision-making. It includes principles and limitations of evidence-based decision-making, differences in numeric presentation of results, ways to integrate an evidence base into daily practice. Resources include current diabetes-specific practice guidelines and recommendations.