Your Guide to Informed Healthcare

By Dr. Sheena Wu, ND


In the realm of healthcare, you’ve probably heard the term “evidence-based medicine” tossed around quite a bit, but what exactly does it mean and why should you care?

Let’s break it down.


Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is all about making healthcare decisions based on the best available evidence from research, along with the expertise of healthcare providers and what matters most to you as a patient. In a nutshell, it’s like a map to help navigate your health journey.


What Counts As Evidence?

Essentially, this is the DATA side of medicine. Think of it as a toolbox filled with different tools such as randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews, meta-analyses, observational studies, and expert consensus. The up-to-date research data that is incorporated into the standard of care and protocols.

The art lies in choosing the tools most suitable for the task at hand, ensuring they are not only reliable but also relevant and tailored to your specific circumstances – this is where the other two factors of EBM come into play.


The HUMAN Side of Healthcare

EBM isn’t about blindly following a predetermined set of rules. It’s about blending the best available evidence with your healthcare provider’s know-how and your own preferences. It’s a collaborative effort that acknowledges the complexities and uncertainties of healthcare decisions, recognizing that sometimes there are no clear-cut answers. Together, you’re like a team working towards your health goals in a way that feels right for you.


Why Does EBM Matter?

Well, for starters, it helps ensure that your healthcare decisions are based on solid evidence rather than guesswork, tradition, or outdated practices. Plus, it also means your treatment plan is customized to fit you – your needs, values, and your own priorities.

 So, the next time you hear about evidence-based medicine, think of it as your guide on the journey to better health – a reliable companion empowering you to make informed decisions at every twist and turn of your healthcare journey.