Back to the basics of EBM

With our new content category “education”, we would like to highlight educational material on evidence-based medicine.

First out is a very interesting editorial by Deborah Korenstein, commenting on a study how EBM education failed to prepare physicians for high-value practise. Despite EBM education, physicians had difficulties to accurately weigh the relative importances of different endpoints in clinical trials, and tended to overvalue surrogate and composite endpoints.

The take-home message by Deborah Korenstein is that focusing on the most basic EBM concepts is one way to improve the value of care. In short, health care providers need to understand basic concepts, such as clinically relevant outcome measures, appropriate comparators, adequate follow-up time in clinical trials, and the possible influence of conflicts of interest.

The editorial is available in full-text here.