3.5 Evidence-based Practice

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 3.5, Evidence-based Practice, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

GPs need to be able to identify and apply the best scientific evidence, from a variety of sources, for the care they provide to patients. They also need to utilise that information to make the most effective use of available resources within the healthcare system. It is therefore vital that they can critically appraise and understand the evidence, and then be able to communicate that knowledge to their patients and the professional healthcare team. 

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Multimorbidity: The gap between guidelines and the reality in practice

Delivering outcome-focused care to patients with comorbidities is increasingly problematic...

GP training: Learning from 'coffee room chats'

What GP trainees can learn from informal chats and how this learning can be captured...

Hypertension is often identified incidentally (SPL)

Evidence base: Hypertension

A summary of the evidence behind the diagnostic criteria and management of hypertension

Cardiomyopathy may be a cause of heart failure (Photograph: SPL)

Evidence base: Heart failure

A summary of the clinical trials, guidelines and online resources to help in the...

MRI showing a large pituitary adenoma (arrows) with upward extension, impinging on the optic chiasm (Photograph: Author)

Evidence base: Hypopituitarism

Find all the latest information about guidelines, online resources and key texts...

MRI of patient with dementia

Journals Club - Antipsychotic prescribing for patients with dementia

Dr Louise Newson brings us up to date with the latest research and guidance on prescribing...

To communicate effectively, the doctor should establish a shared dialogue with the patient (Photograph: SPL)

Consultation Skills - Communicating risk to patients

Patients have varied concepts of health risk so GPs must communicate effectively,...

A mother is concerned about giving her daughter the MMR vaccine (Photograph: SPL)

Practice dilemma - Mother's doubt over MMR

The dilemma: A mother brings her toddler into surgery because she wants your advice....

Meaningful discussion with patients is a key step in concordance

Medico-legal - Managing the non-concordant patient

Achieve better compliance by engaging with problem patients, says medico-legal adviser...