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The information contained in EvidenceAlerts is intended for medical professionals and is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

EvidenceAlerts provides an educational service for practicing clinicians, designed to alert clinicians to important new research; however, we cannot warrant its accuracy. It is intended to support evidence-based decision making, by providing links to published research reports about the diagnosis, treatment, prediction and prognosis, etiology, and economics of medical conditions. However, "evidence does not make decisions"*, and clinicians making decisions about the care of their patients must take into account the limitations of evidence from research as well as the unique nature of their patients' circumstances and wishes. Readers should also be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions about the interpretation of evidence from research. Because of this fact and also because of regular advances in medical research, we strongly recommend that readers independently verify any information they chose to rely on. Ultimately it is the readers' responsibility to make their own professional judgements.

EvidenceAlerts attempts to provide access to the best new research of relevance for clinical practice in the fields of primary medical care and subspecialties of internal medicine. It does not report all research but uses explicit criteria to define a subset of published research that is likely to be valid and ready for clinical attention in these disciplines. Practicing physicians then provide their assessments of the relevance and newsworthiness of the reports through an online review process, the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE). Individual clinicians who then receive these reviews must then apply their own judgment concerning the strength and applicability of this evidence to their own patients.

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*Haynes RB, Devereaux PJ, Guyatt GH. Physicians and patients' choices in evidence-based practice. Evidence does not make decisions, people do [Editorial]. BMJ 2002;324:1350.

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