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Refining the clinical question: the first step in evidence-based veterinary medicine.
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PMID:  17466747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The ability to translate a clinical problem seen in practice into a focused and well-formed answerable clinical question is one of the hardest steps in practicing evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM). Asking answerable clinical questions that relate to your patient is the first evidence-based skill a veterinarian needs to learn, and it forms the cornerstone of the practice of EBVM. Like other clinical skills, the more you practice and work on refining clinical questions, the more precise these questions are and the easier the EBVM process becomes. This article reviews the different aspects of an answerable clinical question, its structure, and how to formulate questions better to get needed answers to clinical problems.
Stanley R Robertson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0195-5616     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Clin. North Am. Small Anim. Pract.     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-30     Completed Date:  2007-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809942     Medline TA:  Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, PO Box 6100, MS 39762-6100, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
Questionnaires / standards
Veterinary Medicine / standards*,  trends*

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