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Best Practices

Evidence-based medicine relies on the use of current best evidence combined with individual clinical expertise to make decisions about the care of individual patients or the delivery of health services. Current best evidence is up-to-date clinically relevant research about the effects of different forms of health care, the accuracy and precision of diagnostic tests, the potential for harm from exposure to particular agents, and the power of prognostic factors.

The following links provide the best practice guidelines approved by the federal government:

For practice guidelines in your specialty, please visit your particular specialty society website.

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If you are preparing a presentation for a CME-certified conference or educational material, your content should be based on current best evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for the decisions about the care of individual patients. 

For more information on requirements and expectations for CME-certified activities, please visit our CME Expectations page.