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Evidence-based clinical decisions: what do patients want?

Posted on 6th June 2013 by

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This slideshow looks at how the evidence can be applied in practice, taking into consideration a variety of other factors, particularly the wishes and decisions of the patient.


This is largely aimed at clinicians, but medical students are also likely to find this a useful insight into clinical decision-making.


This slideshow uses the case of an elderly man at otherwise low stroke risk, but who is terrified of having a stroke, and in this context looks at the evidence for the risks and benefits of anticoagulant therapy, as well as how that intersects with a variety of other factors at the health policy level.

My Opinion

I liked the use of a case study to illustrate some of the issues that can be encountered when trying to practice EBM, and thought that this illustrated nicely that the evidence-based decision isn’t necessarily always the ‘right’ one for the individual patient.


Haynes B. EB clinical decisions: what do patients want? Slides from a talk given in 2004. Available here: http://ebm.bmj.com/content/8/1/suppl/DC3


Alice Buchan

I'm Alice, a fifth year medical student at the University of Oxford. I did my 'intercalated year' focusing on immunology. At the moment, my particular interests are in immunology, reproductive biology, and obstetrics. View more posts from Alice

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