Evidence-based practice for individuals or groups: let’s make a difference: Perspectives on Medical Education

M. de Groot*, J.M. van der Wouden, E.A. van Hell, M.B. Nieweg

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    The aim of applying science into practice is to deliver high-quality health care.
    Thinking about teaching the necessary accompanying skills, a distinction can be
    made between using evidence for individual patient care and using scientific
    knowledge for the development of protocols or guidelines for groups of patients or
    professionals. In this paper, these two ways of applying science into practice are
    being considered. We plea for explicating the differences between the individual
    patient and a group of patients or professionals when applying scientific knowledge
    in the decision-making process. The acknowledgment of these differences facilitates the teaching of the accompanying competences and different CanMEDS roles.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)216-221
    Number of pages6
    JournalPerspectives on medical education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Sep-2013


    • Evidence-based practice
    • Research utilisation
    • Delivery of health care
    • Health education
    • Professional competence

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