Why is some strong evidence ignored while some weak evidence is rapidly acted upon?
Most clinicians aspire to practise evidence‐based medicine, no longer believing it acceptable to implement novel interventions simply because they “make sense” or remain untested. However, external influences, psychological factors, and misapplied statistical techniques may hinder rational decision making. Using examples from intensive care literature, we discuss why well supported therapies are not always readily adopted, while poorly supported interventions may be unduly welcomed into practice.
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