Dr Paul Glasziou is a Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University in Australia. He speaks and writes mainly about the translation of health research into clinical practice.
His latest contribution to the BMJ Blog is a look at the future of evidence-based medicine (EBM). As its era fades into another, it becomes apparent that there is still a huge gap between what research tells us and what doctors and patients wind up doing.
Sometimes the known evidence is biased, of poor quality, or doesn't actually have any relevance for our patient. Sometimes, we have strong evidence about what is clinically 'correct' but we have forgotten to remember that each patient is an individual, with unique goals and life circumstances. Sometimes, we get so caught up in chasing the potential benefits of something that we fail to realize it could be causing more harm than good.
Read Dr Glaszious' Six Proposals for EBM's future, as he tackles these tough issues and helps to guide us back to a place where research improves care.