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Vol 12, No 2 (2009)
Editorial
Published online: 2010-03-12
Submitted: 2012-01-23
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How to apply the evidence-based medicine concept to nuclear medicine diagnostic studies - a review

Ramin Sadeghi, Rasoul Zakavi, Vahid Reza Dabbagh Kakhki
Nucl. Med. Rev 2009;12(2):59-64.

open access

Vol 12, No 2 (2009)
Editorial
Published online: 2010-03-12
Submitted: 2012-01-23

Abstract

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is defined as using the best available evidence for managing patients in daily healthcare practice. Although this approach has been applied successfully in many medical fields, it has not been addressed fully in the radiological discipline in general and nuclear medicine in particular. In this review, the concept of EBM has been introduced briefly and four steps of EBM practice have been explained. Asking answerable questions and finding the best evidence that constitutes the first two parts of EBM practice are explained in brief. The next two steps (appraising the available evidence and applying the best evidence) are explained in more detail. Since the bulk of nuclear medicine studies are of a diagnostic nature and most of the daily practice of a nuclear medicine specialist is involved in diagnosis, we have focused on the diagnosis studies. Systematic reviews are also explained to some extent. Appraisals of other kinds of study, such as interventional or prognosis studies, are not included in this review.

Abstract

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is defined as using the best available evidence for managing patients in daily healthcare practice. Although this approach has been applied successfully in many medical fields, it has not been addressed fully in the radiological discipline in general and nuclear medicine in particular. In this review, the concept of EBM has been introduced briefly and four steps of EBM practice have been explained. Asking answerable questions and finding the best evidence that constitutes the first two parts of EBM practice are explained in brief. The next two steps (appraising the available evidence and applying the best evidence) are explained in more detail. Since the bulk of nuclear medicine studies are of a diagnostic nature and most of the daily practice of a nuclear medicine specialist is involved in diagnosis, we have focused on the diagnosis studies. Systematic reviews are also explained to some extent. Appraisals of other kinds of study, such as interventional or prognosis studies, are not included in this review.
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Keywords

evidence based medicine; critical appraisal; nuclear medicine

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Title

How to apply the evidence-based medicine concept to nuclear medicine diagnostic studies - a review

Journal

Nuclear Medicine Review

Issue

Vol 12, No 2 (2009)

Pages

59-64

Published online

2010-03-12

Bibliographic record

Nucl. Med. Rev 2009;12(2):59-64.

Keywords

evidence based medicine
critical appraisal
nuclear medicine

Authors

Ramin Sadeghi
Rasoul Zakavi
Vahid Reza Dabbagh Kakhki

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