How to deal with the results

If you read and appraise an article, and find it of good quality, you will perhaps be happy to incorporate it into your decision-making process. This is a great outcome of using EBVM!

However, critically appraising a paper will sometimes uncover the fact that the paper you are reading has limitations. A poor overall evaluation does not inevitably mean that the information is completely wrong or useless, but it indicates that the risk of bias is fairly high. Therefore, you should be cautious in implementing information from all papers, especially those of questionable quality, in clinical practice. The APPLY section of this tutorial will help you learn how to incorporate what you read into your daily practice.

If you feel that a paper is not of sufficient quality to support your decision making, do not be afraid to discard it!