Editorial  |   November 2015
Utility of Evidence-Based Medicine in the Medical Profession
Author Notes
  •  *Address correspondence to John A. Lucich, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Room 316A, Indianapolis, IN 46222-1960. E-mail: jlucich@marian.edu
     
Article Information
Evidence-Based Medicine
Editorial   |   November 2015
Utility of Evidence-Based Medicine in the Medical Profession
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2015, Vol. 115, 644-645. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.133
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2015, Vol. 115, 644-645. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.133
I am an allopathic physician who taught evidence-based medicine (EBM) for many years and recently joined the faculty of an osteopathic medical school. I was curious about osteopathic perspectives on EBM and was delighted to find a letter to the editor1 by Jay B. Danto, DO, and a number of other EBM-related editorials published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). 
Danto wrote in his letter that Allen Shaughnessy, PharmD, “a US leader in evidence-based medicine,”1 concluded that lifestyle interventions do not decrease adverse clinical outcomes in patients with or at high risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus. In part, this conclusion led Danto to suspect that EBM may “not [be] entirely concurrent with osteopathic philosophy”1 because osteopathic philosophy emphasizes optimum health as a central theme rather than disease management. Offering further support for his suspicion, Danto wrote that if the empirical evidence “does not show how an intervention can prolong life or decrease morbidity or mortality, then the evidence base does not support its [intervention’s] use.”1 
First Page Preview
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview ×
View Large

Subscribe to view more

For full access to this article, log in to an existing user account, purchase an annual subscription, or purchase a short-term subscription.

Order a subscription

Subscribe

Pay Per View

Entire Journal
30-Day Access

$30.00

Buy Now

This Issue
7-Day Access

$15.00

Buy Now

This article
24-Hour Access

$5.00

Buy Now

Sign In Or Create an account

Please sign in using your Osteopathic.org login.
If you do not have an AOA login, you may create a new account.

Or Subscribe