Getting new evidence into medicine

Med J Aust. 2000 Feb 21;172(4):180-3. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2000.tb125547.x.


The rate of transfer of the knowledge gained from health and medical research into evidence-based practice is determined by many factors. Preconditions for the uptake of new evidence are the availability of good evidence, ready access to the evidence, a supportive organisational environment, and effective mechanisms for promoting knowledge uptake. Evidence-based medicine is being promoted in Australia by a body of enthusiastic clinicians, public health practitioners and consumer advocates, supported by initiatives from national, State and local healthcare services and professional bodies. The short to medium term future of evidence-based medicine in Australia is likely to be shaped by three major factors: a reduction in cost and technical barriers which limit access to computerised databases; a trend towards shared decision-making between clinicians and patients; and increased demand for information to fill the gaps in research-based evidence on specific problems.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Clinical Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / organization & administration*
  • Technology Transfer*