cookbook medicine


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A popular term for the practice of medicine by strict adherence to practice guidelines, which may not be an appropriate substitute for clinical judgement

ev·i·dence-based med·i·cine

(ev'i-dĕns-bāst med'i-sin)
The process of applying relevant information derived from peer-reviewed medical literature to address a specific clinical problem; the application of simple rules of science and common sense to determine the validity of the information; and the application of the information to the clinical problem.
See also: Cochrane collaboration, clinical practice guidelines

cookbook medicine

The use of algorithms (in place of individualized care) in medicine; the reliance by practitioners on protocol and rules rather than on a comprehensive, individual approach to the medical needs of a patient.
See also: medicine
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The physician retains autonomy over the encounter and the patient is not troubled by what he or she may believe is cookbook medicine.
As for his own efforts to promote clinical protocols as a foundation for the practice of evidence-based medicine, Dyer admits, "to the majority of the medical staff it's still cookbook medicine.
One is the sense that evidence-based medicine is cookbook medicine, that one answer pops out of the statistical analysis and therefore you don't use a lot of judgment.