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Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine

Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine

Peter Cockcroft, Mark Holmes

ISBN: 978-1-405-10890-4 May 2003 Wiley-Blackwell 226 Pages


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The application of evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) can assist in improving and optimising the diagnosis, prognosis, control, treatment and ultimately the welfare of animals. It can also provide the user with a methodology for appropriate, patient orientated life-long, self-directed, learning. To practise evidence-based veterinary medicine we require a range of skills that we may not have.

This book explains what evidence-based veterinary medicine is and shows how it can be applied to veterinary practice to improve the quality of care for patients and provide informed choices for owners. It provides the reader with a toolkit of skills necessary to practise evidence-based veterinary medicine.

This book is aimed at practitioners but will be of interest to veterinary surgeons at any stage of their training or career wishing to learn about EBVM.



1. Introduction.

2. Turning Information Needs into Questions.

3. Sources of Information.

4. Searching for Evidence.

5. Research Studies.

6. Appraising the Evidence.

7. Diagnosis.

8. Clinical Diagnostic Decision Support (CDDSSs).

9. Decision Analysis, Models and Economics as Evidence.

10. EBVM: Education and Future Needs.



Answers to Review Questions.


"It addresses an emerging topic, which has 'been around' in human medicine for several years. The topic has yet to be taken up widely in veterinary medicine."

"I would suspect that most US veterinary school libraries would purchase a copy as well as the obvious UK market."

Mike Thrusfield, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh.

"An overview of this topic is timely, especially as it is forming part of the undergraduate curriculum."

John Innes, Orthopaedic Specialist, University of Bristol.

"An interesting and understandable presentation introducing the relatively novel concept of EBVM."

Lab Animal News (US)

The authors explain how to:

· Transform information needs into a series of clinical questions that can be answered

· Search for best available external evidence

· Critically appraise the evidence for its validity and importance

· Apply the results in clinical practice

· Understand the process of diagnosis and use of clinical diagnostic decision support systems

· Perform a decision analysis