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HLT 103: Investigations in Health Careers - Nancy LaRoche-Shovak: Research Paper

Resources on health careers as well as finding evidence based medical research at the MCC Library.

Research Paper for Investigations of Health Careers

Research Paper for Investigations of Health Careers


  • Choose a Health Care Profession of choice

  • Content of the paper should include:

                    Detail description of the career

                    Length of training required

                    Certification required?

                    Licensure required?

                    Places of employment

                    Schools in CT offering program

                    Salary range?

  • Length of paper 4 - 5 pages typed (double spaced)

  • Vancouver reference style (minimum of 3 references)

  • Grammar/Spelling

Medical evidenced based research using MCC medical research databases

  • Hand in 1 medical evidenced based research of choice

Evidence Based Medicine - NLM

Evidence Based Medicine - New Approaches and Challenges

Masic I, Miokovic M, Muhamedagic B. Evidence based medicine - new approaches and challenges. Acta Inform Med. 2008;16(4):219-25. doi: 10.5455/aim.2008.16.219-225. PMID: 24109156; PMCID: PMC3789163.



Evidence based medicine (EBM) is the conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of modern, best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. EBM integrates clinical experience and patient values with the best available research information. It is a movement which aims to increase the use of high quality clinical research in clinical decision making. EBM requires new skills of the clinician, including efficient literature-searching, and the application of formal rules of evidence in evaluating the clinical literature. The practice of evidence-based medicine is a process of lifelong, self-directed, problem-based learning in which caring for one’s own patients creates the need for clinically important information about diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and other clinical and health care issues. It is not “cookbook” with recipes, but its good application brings cost-effective and better health care. The key difference between evidence-based medicine and traditional medicine is not that EBM considers the evidence while the latter does not. Both take evidence into account; however, EBM demands better evidence than has traditionally been used. One of the greatest achievements of evidence-based medicine has been the development of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, methods by which researchers identify multiple studies on a topic, separate the best ones and then critically analyze them to come up with a summary of the best available evidence. The EBM-oriented clinicians of tomorrow have three tasks: a) to use evidence summaries in clinical practice; b) to help develop and update selected systematic reviews or evidence-based guidelines in their area of expertise; and c) to enrol patients in studies of treatment, diagnosis and prognosis on which medical practice is based.

Key words: Evidence Based Medicine, health, patients, decision making