David Sackett, ‘Father of Evidence-Based Medicine,’ Dies at 80

1- David Sackett, MD, the reputed father of evidence-based medicine (EBM), died Wednesday, May 13, at age 80, but lived long enough to see physicians using smartphones to look up practice guidelines at a patient’s bedside. It was an inevitable outcome of the movement he spawned. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/844845

2- Dr. Sackett, professor emeritus at McMaster University in Hamilton, died on May 13 at the age of 80 of metastatic cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile ducts).

He is widely known as the father of evidence-based medicine, a movement The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) described as one of the most important medical advances in the past 150 years, alongside the discovery of vaccines and antibiotics.

“He was a giant among giants,” P.J. Devereaux, a professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster, said in an interview. “He will be remembered as one of the greats, on a par with William Osler.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/david-sackett-the-father-of-evidence-based-medicine/article24607930/

3- According to Cochrane Canada, Sackett “turned clinical research into a scientifically sound and practical multidisciplinary ‘team sport,’ and has changed for the better the quality of healthcare research and clinical practice.” http://www.cmaj.ca/site/misc/david_sackett.xhtml

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