The Southern Medical Journal Dedicates March Issue to Evidence-Based Medicine

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In its March 2012 issue, the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) addresses the topic of evidence-based medicine (EBM), an explanation and its application to clinical medicine and clinical research.

Presented as a comprehensive explanation of EBM and its application to clinical medicine and clinical research, this series addresses salient topics of interest to clinicians, including challenges of EBM, skills necessary to understand EBM, statistics, application of EBM principles, the critical appraisal process, arriving at correct conclusions, as well as reasoning and EBM. Together, these articles provide an inclusive and understandable review of this important tool as it relates to medical research, clinical decision-making, and individual patient care.

"EBM's importance to the clinician is to be found in its uniformity of categorizing clinical research studies and outcomes, which, when utilized in the fundamental framework of professional clinical judgment and experience, can give rise to better informed therapeutic recommendations for individual patient care," commented SMJ Editor-in-Chief G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE.

Open access to the complete issue is available for a limited time via the SMJ iPad app, which is available in the iTunes StoreSM. Open access to select articles is available via the SMJ website.

As the official journal of the Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Medical Association(SMA), the Southern Medical Journal has for more than 100 years provided the latest clinical information in areas that affect patients' daily lives. Now delivered to individuals exclusively online, the SMJ has a multidisciplinary focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists in all relevant aspects of the profession, including medicine and medical subspecialties, surgery and surgery subspecialties, child and maternal health, mental health, emergency and disaster medicine, public health and environmental medicine, and bioethics and medical education.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Price, SMJ Managing Editor, at (800) 423-4992, ext. 185 or via email at jprice(at)sma(dot)org.

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