You may have heard the term “Evidence-Based Medicine” before and wondered what it meant and what does it have to do with you or your child.

Doctors who practice evidence-based medicine are committed to changing their practice recommendations based on research. For instance, if you had a child several years ago an evidence-based doctor would have told you to start high allergy foods with your baby at one years old, then a couple years ago they would have said to wait until 2 years old due to the increase in food allergies. When the evidence showed food allergies increasing even more with that recommendation the evidence swung to the current recommendation of early initiation of high allergy foods for most children. These doctors are not unable to make a simple decision about high allergy foods but are following the research trail as it leads to better and better practice.

Does this leave any room for “gut instinct”? Experience? Yes it does and you will find many evidence-based doctors going a bit “off script” but they will usually tell you why. For instance she may say “it is recommended to send your child to the ENT after this many ear infections but we are so close to Spring and with no speech problems I would like to see if we can get a stretch in the summer without ear infections before referring….” In other words, explaining why in your child’s case we might change up a recommendation due to your unique child and situation.

We at Cradle thru College are committed to bringing you the most up-to-date information and recommendations. We will never forget that you are placing your trust in our recommendations and want to assure you that we will continue to evolve as medicine continues to evolve.

Mary Jo Flint MD


Children’s Mercy – Cradle Thru College Care
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