What is evidence-based medicine?

evidence-basedWhether it is a diet or a lifestyle or supplement recommendation for various types of medical condition, you will likely see the term evidence-based medicine (EBM). It might not be a term you know anything about. However, it is a good idea to look into it to learn more. This will show why it is the right option for you.

Relying on the science

For centuries the basis for medicine was a combination of tradition, standard approaches, and authority. However, there were concerns about how effective and safe this was. It also meant there was very little in terms of the personalisation of treatments.

Then, in 1992 there was a big change in the medical field. A landmark article in the Journal of the American Medical Association called for a new focus on EBM.

The core ideal of EBM is to use scientific studies to determine how valid treatments will be. A reputable study could prove or disprove the use of certain medications and diets. It therefore puts more focus on research evidence and clinical expertise. This also helps to improve the safety.

In 2000 the principals of EBM expanded to also include the values and preferences of the patient. This was a vital addition. It showcases that treatments should be personalised to account for the patient’s wishes. This is especially important for diets.

Choose an evidence-based diet

A big concern with some diets is there is no scientific evidence to prove that they are effective. In fact, some could even be harmful to you. At Principal Nutrition we only suggest those ones that are proven to be safe and effective. As a result we will never tell you to try any supplements or foods that could be harmful.

If you want honest, reliable evidence-based advice from a professional BANT nutritionist, we are here to help you. Contact us today for dietary advice to suit you and your specific condition.