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Translations of the "Evidence-Based Medicine" concept in different languages: is it time for international standardisation?
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PMID:  20618091     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the concept of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) is quite popular among English speaking physicians, it still needs to be adopted by an overwhelming majority of health care professionals in countries where English is not familiar. Thus, this concept can be translated in many different, and potentially misleading, ways. This is regrettable because the concept is, at least potentially, a very useful one. As an illustration, I have compiled some of the French translations of EBM that are currently in use in French speaking countries, and indicated briefly how most of these translations (except for one) are bound to be misleading. Many of these misleading translations currently in use strongly suggest that it is time for an international standardisation of the translations of EBM in different languages.
Joseph Watine
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine : CCLM / FESCC     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1434-6621     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Chem. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-22     Completed Date:  2011-01-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9806306     Medline TA:  Clin Chem Lab Med     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1227-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Member of the working group "Clinical Practice Guidelines" of the EFCC, and chairman of the working group "Clinical Practice Guidelines and Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine" of the Société Française de Biologie Clinique; Laboratoire de biologie polyvalente, Hôpital Bourran, Rodez, France.
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Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*,  standards
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