Assessing the validity of primary research in bovine practice: What approaches are there and what are the limits of the approaches


  • J. M. Sargeant Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada
  • A. M. O'Connor Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824



Every day in bovine practice, veterinarians need to make deciĀ­sions ranging from a decision as to whether (or not) to use an intervention or to apply a diagnostic test, to decisions about the overall management of complex conditions. Increasingly, it is expected that decisions are evidence-based. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care and management of patients.




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