There are innumerable information sources available to both patients and providers. How does one evaluate what to believe? We believe it is fundamentally important for you to understand the principles upon which we try to evaluate information and make recommendations concerning your health and the health of your loved ones. There is a well established science and set of principles used to evaluate information sources and their quality. Practicing medicine incorporating these principles is what we are attempting to do. We refer to this as practicing Evidence Based Medicine. In our practice we strive to use information derived from the best possible evidence and we would like you to do the same.
In order to understand evidence based medcine in more concrete terms we believe you should take your time to read about the PubMed Health service and spend some time exploring the site. The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest medical library. It has millions of books and journals about all aspects of medicine and health care. PubMed Health is a service of the NLM providing information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. The information has been evaluated to ensure that the studies were conducted properly to draw the right conclusions. It specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. In order to further understand the principles at work in distilling this information connect to the following link: Clinical effectiveness research . It is well worth the time you will spend so that you also learn to ask the question: What is the quality of the evidence?