Recognizing the inherent variability in the customary care standard, many in healthcare have suggested moving towards an evidence based care standard. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. Instead of the practitioner consensus found in customary care, evidence-based standards use empirical data generated by clinical outcomes and effectiveness research to suggest optimum treatment in clinical conditions. EBM creates a reproducible care standard by providing a decision matrix for diagnostic and treatment complexities.
Currently, EBM’s Achilles heel lies in