n SA Journal of Radiology - The importance of systematic reviews in radiology : editorial

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



Mindful of the dangers of making healthcare decisions without reference to trustworthy evidence, a new approach to healthcare delivery was introduced in the late 1970s. This approach, referred to as evidence-based medicine or more broadly as evidence-based health care, is defined as 'the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence' in making healthcare decisions. Evidence-based health care integrates individual healthcare expertise, patient values and preferences, and the best available research evidence from systematic reviews. See Boxes 1 and 2 for key definitions and resources for evidence-based health care respectively.

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