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Evidence Based Medicine forum

To mark forty years since the Medicines Act (1968) passed into law in the wake of the thalidomide tragedy we asked doctors, scientists, nurses, patients, professional societies, journal editors, patient groups and other members of the public to tell us why evidence based medicine mattered then and matters now. Read their compelling stories on our evidence based medicine opinion board.

Ellen Raphael, UK Director of Sense About Science: “Looking at all these accounts, you realise how little time and attention is given to explaining what evidence-based medicine actually is. And while the scientists who have contributed are united in seeing the importance of remaking the public case for it 40 years on, there are many different views about what the challenges of the next forty years are. There is serious concern for example about over-regulation in clinical trials but also about a number of different therapy areas that still escape the scrutiny of rigorous testing.”

Frank Swain, Communications Officer, Sense About Science, who interviewed many of the participants: “We often discuss evidence-based medicine as the counterpoint to complementary and alternative remedies.  But the reality is that there is only one type of medicine - that which is proven to work.  A solid evidence base is how we separate useful medicine from ineffective practices.”

The website reflects the broad range of different ways in which evidence-based medicine is important to people:

  • allowing Peter Telford‘s children to know their grandparents
  • saving Professor Gus Born‘s wife from the disease that killed his grandmother
  • allowing doctors such as Oliver Samuel to be confident in the treatments they prescribe to their patients

Add your own thoughts on why evidence-based medicine matters via the website.