An accurate understanding of what evidence-based medicine (EBM) really means might be helpful in understanding the relative role of science and clinical knowledge. EBM, which has become a buzz word concerning medical decision making, refers to a triangulated set of information that the physician should use to determine the best treatment for a particular patient.
Western medicine is coming closer to a holistic treatment approach, closer to the parameters of treatment in Ayurvedic practice. The three factors of EBM are the following:
1. Best available relevant scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness and efficacy
of the proposed treatment
2. Physician knowledge based on practice experience
3. Patient’s own preferences for treatment modalities if they do not contradict 1 or 2 above
In order to make the best utilization of this triangulation of information, physicians must be familiar with the treatment perspectives described in the scientific literature. If there is a dearth of information or the studies are conducted without scientific rigor, patients are put into jeopardy; either therapies that might help will not be considered, or physicians will be concerned about validity and reliability of data based on quality of data in studies reported.
Also, several clinical study types can be implemented by those clinicians who do not have the funds or expertise to engage in larger research projects. These clinicians may consider adding to the body of knowledge through executing different case studies, outcome studies, Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) and Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.
(Source- Scientific Basis of Ayurvedic Therapies)