Moving from evidence-based medicine to evidence-based health

J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Jun;26(6):658-60. doi: 10.1007/s11606-010-1606-4. Epub 2011 Jan 4.


While evidence-based medicine (EBM) has advanced medical practice, the health care system has been inconsistent in translating EBM into improvements in health. Disparities in health and health care play out through patients' limited ability to incorporate the advances of EBM into their daily lives. Assisting patients to self-manage their chronic conditions and paying attention to unhealthy community factors could be added to EBM to create a broader paradigm of evidence-based health. A perspective of evidence-based health may encourage physicians to consider their role in upstream efforts to combat socially patterned chronic disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / trends*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Self Care / trends*
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Prevention