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Evidence based practice: the practicalities of keeping abreast of clinical evidence while in training
  1. R Phillips1,
  2. P Glasziou2
  1. 1
    Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Headington, Oxford, UK
  1. Dr R Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}


This paper gives a practical account of why and how to learn to practise evidence based medicine while still in clinical training. It highlights practical benefits to learning the skills (such as passing exams, coping with information overload and helping patients), and explains how to manage each of the four essential steps (asking questions, acquiring information, appraising evidence, and applying the results). Key resources to give the trainee rapid access to evidence based answers are highlighted, as are efficient ways of keeping up to date with the emerging literature.

  • clinical evidence
  • evidence based practice
  • training

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  • Competing interests: None.