A physician caring for an 80-year-old healthy man can use her mobile device to check whether there’s any strong evidence that vitamins can improve longevity (knowing that she needed the best available, synthesized research evidence in the world, and not just the latest study that had appeared on the evening news and attracted her patient’s attention).
Public health nurses who are part of an injury prevention team within a city health department have noted a high rate of falls in their community. They can easily search for pre-appraised evidence on the effectiveness of various strategies to find out which ones work best to reduce falls.
A policymaker tasked with identifying what types of home visits increase the chance that elderly citizens can remain living in their homes for longer can ask an assistant to quickly retrieve the best available research evidence on the topic.
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