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Developing Good Clinical Questions and Finding the Best Evidence to Answer Those Questions

Burns, Patricia B. M.P.H.; Chung, Kevin C. M.D., M.S.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: August 2010 - Volume 126 - Issue 2 - p 613-618
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181de24a7
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Summary: Evidence-based medicine involves the integration of the best scientific evidence available with physician experience and patient preferences. One of the first steps in evidence-based medicine involves developing a question based on issues encountered with patients or a disease and finding evidence to answer the question. This article is a guide to plastic surgeons in how to begin the practice of evidence-based medicine by developing clinical questions and finding evidence to answer these questions.

Ann Arbor, Mich.

From the Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Health System.

Received for publication October 28, 2009; accepted December 22, 2009.

Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S.; Section of Plastic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System; 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340; 1500 East Medical Center Drive; Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109-5340; kecchung@umich.edu

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