Evidence Based Medicine

Our members have supported Evidence Based Medicine from a very early stage, and some, in particular our President, Julian Tudor Hart, and Sir Iain Chalmers have made very significant contributions to its development.   NICE is one of Labour’s greatest achievements. But Evidence Based Medicine doesn’t cover everything. There are, for example, for good ethical reasons few trials of treatment for children or pregnant women, and many clinical situations are too complex or too poorly defined to be easily reproduced.  Medicine will continue to be an art as well as a science, even though the scientific component will continue to grow.