Asking focused answerable clinical questions

  • NM Lai


Identifying the need for new information from important and relevant issues in patient care in the face of clinical uncertainties, andconverting this need into answerable questions is the first step of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM).1 Different types of questionscome up in our minds during the bedside rounds or clinic consults. Some are questions that concern general knowledge, theanswers of which are readily available in the standard texts. (copied from article)


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LaiN. (2009). Asking focused answerable clinical questions. Malaysian Family Physician, 4(1), 3. Retrieved from
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