Hunter, S. (2017). Not All Evidence is Created Equal: Changes in practice require the highest possible level of statistical testing. EMS World, 46(10), 46-50.
Safety, Security, and Emergency Management
The practice of medicine has come a long way over the past 150 years. For example, routine use of leeches to remove “bad blood” no longer occurs, and everyone involved in healthcare knows to wear personal protective equipment.
Changes to practice have (at times) been slow in coming. However, we simply can no longer routinely rely on providing care without evidence that it works. Investigators conduct rigorous studies to determine the efficacy of treatments. This philosophy of testing clinical practices using research methods to validate their efficacy and safety is known as evidence-based medicine.1
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