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This article defines clinical epidemiology and describes its goal and objectives. The author claims that clinical epidemiology is a section of epidemiology which underlies the development of evidence-based standards for diagnostics, treatment and prevention and helps to select the appropriate algorithm for each clinical case. The study provides a comprehensive overview of the relationship between clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. Epidemiological research is shown to be methodological basis of clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine with randomized controlled trials being the “gold standard” for obtaining reliable data. The key stages in the history of clinical epidemiology are discussed and further development of clinical epidemiology and the integration of courses on clinical epidemiology in education is outlined for progress in medical research and health care practice.


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N. I. Briko

I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Moscow

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академик РАМН, профессор, заведующий кафедрой эпидемиологии и доказательной медицины ГБОУ ВПО Первый МГМУ им. И.М. Сеченова Адрес: 129626, Москва, Графский переулок, д. 4/9 Тел.: (499) 248-04-13 Russian Federation


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