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Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine
Evidence-based veterinary medicine 3. Appraising the evidence
  1. Mark Holmes

    Mark Holmes graduated from Cambridge in 1985 and is now a senior lecturer in preventive veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge. He is a coauthor of the 'Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine', published by Blackwell Publishing, and is currently Honorary Secretary of the BSAVA.

  2. Peter Cockcroft

    Peter Cockcroft graduated from Cambridge in 1980. He is a senior lecturer in farm animal medicine at the University of Cambridge and holds the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production. He is a coauthor of the 'Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine'.


THE final article of this three-part series discusses a key skill required for the practice of evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) - the ability to appraise the evidence presented in scientific papers. Having identified information needs and searched for evidence - processes discussed in Parts 1 and 2 - the clinician needs to evaluate the usefulness of the evidence by asking questions such as, 'Is it true?' and 'Is it relevant to my patient?'. Clearly, an understanding of study design and methods of analysing the results is required in order to determine the validity and relevance of clinical studies.

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