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The Standard of Care: Evidence-Based

Recognizing the inherent variability in the customary care standard, many in healthcare have suggested moving towards an evidence based care standard.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] EBM creates a reproducible care standard by providing a decision matrix for diagnostic and treatment complexities.[4]

Currently, EBM’s Achilles heel lies in