Evidence-Based Medicine [EBM] Law and Legal Definition

Evidence-based medicine refers to a judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. EBM is an attempt to more uniformly apply the standards of evidence gained from the scientific method to certain aspects of medical practice. It is a method to integrate clinical expertise with the best available research evidence and patient values.

“Evidence-based medicine means that if scientific information exists indicating that a particular method or procedure should be used, the doctor has a responsibility to use that method.”[Carhart v. Ashcroft, 331 F. Supp. 2d 805, 978 (D. Neb. 2004)].