EM1510H "Promises & Pitfalls of Evidence-based Medicine: Confessions of a Systematic Reviewer" (IM GR-101615)

The purpose of the presentation is to highlight the promises and pitfalls of evidence-based medicine with an emphasis on how to conduct and/or recognize a trustworthy systematic review.

The first part of the presentation addresses the promise of evidence-based medicine, with a definition of evidence-based medicine, a summary of what it has delivered, and an explanation of the role of systematic reviews. The second part addresses the potential pitfalls of systematic reviews by describing what is involved in each step of a rigorous systematic review, how each step is vulnerable to bias and error, and what can be done to minimize bias and error.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the promises of evidence-based medicine (EBM)
  • Identify pitfalls that limit our ability to synthesize & apply evidence
  • Explain how a scientific approach to performance of systematic reviews can help to provide a trustworthy source of information for guiding clinical practice
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Director, Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center
Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Management
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health
Visiting Professor

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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