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The importance of evidence based medicine

We turned to Dr. Erika Patel, Fertility Consultant at the ART Fertility clinics, Chennai, to explain the importance of evidence based medicine concerning assisted reproductive technology.

The principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM) provide the tools to incorporate the best evidence into everyday clinical practice

Evidence-based medicine is the integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available evidence from systematic research and the value provided to patients as a result. The research departments therefore add value by maintaining professional standards in the practice of medicine around the world.

Whilst EBM is the key to improving patient outcomes, improving patient safety, and minimising waste, the answers one gets are not necessarily universally effective or true. It is important for clinicians to remain vigilant by analysing research critically.

Boston Medical Journal lists these key points about evidence-based medicine

All evidence is not alike. Some evidence is better than other evidence.

  • When doctors look at the research before recommending a treatment, they are using evidence-based medicine.
  • Evidence-based medicine looks at all the research that there is about a disease or treatment.
  • When researchers look at whether a treatment works, they look at many more patients than a single doctor will ever treat.
  • Sometimes the evidence can’t tell you which treatment is best for you, so it’s important that you weigh up the benefits and harms of treatments carefully.

Infertility is a complex medical condition that affects one in six couples at some point in their lives

It can have multifactorial aetiology including advancing age, lifestyle, hormonal imbalances, or infections.

With ART Fertility Clinics, you will have access to a comprehensive range of  advanced and evidence-based fertility treatments available today. We are committed to providing our patients with best-in-class outcomes and experience, using state-of-the-art technology and treatment options for all aspects of infertility management – from diagnosis and screening through, ovarian stimulation, genetic testing, embryo transfer and pregnancy support.

While modern medicine still has a level of artistic ambiguity, the development of pure evidence-based medicine is a direct application of an otherwise scientific process that integrates strict safety regulation and good clinical practices -GCP- throughout every step of the care continuum.

Elements of this evidence-based approach include the following:

  1. Formulation of appropriate medical questions.
  2. Collecting evidence.
  3. Scientific appraisal.
  4. Medical testing.
  5. Evaluating the results.

ART Fertility Clinics has a well-established research department working under the guidance of our Group Medical Director Prof. Dr Human Fatemi and is one of the leading reproductive medicine research groups globally that conducts and produces highly acknowledged research in reproductive medicine.

ART Fertility Clinics clinical research department is committed to conducting innovative scientific research to advance medical knowledge and treatments in women’s health. We have a long-standing commitment to translating new discoveries into clinical solutions for patients. The research team conducts state-of-the art clinical and laboratory studies of human biology with the goal of improving reproductive medicine, that has led to several publications in high impact journals.

ART Fertility Clinics helps women, and couples find solutions to their infertility. ART Fertility clinics offers research, education, and medical care for females of all ages.


[1] Why do we need evidence-based medicine? BMJ Best Practice. https://bestpractice.bmj.com/info/us/toolkit/practise-ebm/why-do-we-need-ebm/. Accessed August 24, 2021

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