HLSC 1F90 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Evidence-Based Medicine, Evidence-Based Practice, Health Literacy

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To ensure canadians receive quality healthcare: consumers need to be health literate . Are the claims based on evidence/science: health professionals need to have reliable, valid, up-to-date knowledge so they can practice evidence-based medicine: Clicker question: health literacy is defined as: having the skills that enable access, understanding, and use of information for health. We as consumers need to have health literacy: if a professional, need to be able to read and understand the literature, moving ahead, if not there already, to evidence based medicine. Evidence based medicine: the judicious use of the best, current evidence in making decisions about the medical care of the individual patient. Takes patient desires, values, and needs into consideration. Evidence based practice: an umbrella term that encompasses evidence-based practices in all health, medical and allied health fields. Evidence-based practice consists of five steps: ask a searchable clinical question. Does the proposed treatment work: find the best evidence to answer the question.

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