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What’s the Evidence?

By Sue Ieraci

The terms “evidence-based” and “peer-reviewed” have become touchstones for reliability, but why should the views of peers count so much and what does “evidence-based” medicine really mean?

Sue Ieraci is an emergency physician who has worked in NSW public hospitals for 30 years. While maintaining a continuous clinical career, she has held roles in management and medical regulation, and been involved in health systems research.

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