Evidence-based medicine uses the newest research and clinical expertise in order to provide the best possible care for patients. By integrating systematic research practices, good health care management technique, and clinical skill, health care professionals are better able to provide the most cost- and clinical-effective practices. As a student, writing an evidence-based paper is an assignment that you will inevitably receive. Evidence-based papers rely on research and proven facts, and not on conjecture or common belief.
Choose your topic. With evidence-based medicine, your topic should focus on a common clinical problem, rather than a rare disease or some unusual manifestation. Emphasize new research or information that could prompt a practical change in procedure.
Research your paper using online and print sources. Use the university library in order to gather evidence and primary source material that relates to your topic. Evidence-based medicine relies heavily on patient-centered clinical research, including the efficacy of therapies and diagnostic tests. Build your hypothesis or thesis from your findings. Include all strong recommendations that are backed up by factual evidence from trusted sources.
Write an outline for your paper. Write out the ideas and main points for each section: the introduction, methods, discussion and references.
Write your paper, using the evidence you gathered in your research. State your findings or arguments clearly and concisely. Cite all evidence that is gleaned from a source, and list all your sources in the references section. The American Medical Association's Manual of Style is a source for formatting your citations.
After you have finished writing your paper, edit your draft for factual or style errors. Make sure all your citations and references are correctly listed. After your initial edits, let a friend or tutor read your paper as well, and ask his opinion. Edit your paper one final time before handing it in.
Things You Will Need
- Research materials
- AMA Style Guide
- If you're writing this for an assignment or a publication, check which format your article needs to be written in, and the preferred method of citation.
- British Medical Journal; Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is and Isn't; David L. Sackett
- Nursing Essay Samples: Evidence Based Practice for Peptic Ulcers;
- AMA Manual of Style 10th Edition; American Medical Association; 2009
- American Family Physician: How to Write an Evidence-Based Clinical Review Article; Jay Siwek, Margaret Gourlay, et al
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