Mark R Tonelli

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Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has thus far failed to adequately account for the appropriate incorporation of other potential warrants for medical decision making into clinical practice. In particular, EBM has struggled with the value and integration of other kinds of medical knowledge, such as those derived from clinical experience or based on(More)
  • M R Tonelli
  • Academic medicine : journal of the Association of…
  • 1998
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has already had a profound effect on both medical education and clinical practice. The benefits of EBM, which defines the value of medical interventions in terms of empirical evidence from clinical trials, are enormous and well described. Not clearly acknowledged, however, are the limits of EBM. An intrinsic gap exists between(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common autosomal recessive disorders in North America, leading to significant morbidity and early mortality. The defect in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein (CFTR) function can be corrected in vitro by gene replacement with a wild-type gene. A Phase I, single administration, dose(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic progressive lung disease is the most serious complication of cystic fibrosis (CF). Glutathione plays an important role in the protection of the CF lung against oxidant-induced lung injury. OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that a polymorphism in a novel candidate gene that regulates glutathione synthesis might influence CF lung disease. (More)
While the critical appraisal of clinical research has generally focused on aspects of study design and statistical analysis, other features of clinical studies appear to be more important to clinicians for assessing the value of a particular study in the care of particular patients. These features relate to the quality of the knowledge derived from the(More)
PURPOSE Family-clinician communication in the intensive care unit (ICU) about withholding and withdrawing life support occurs frequently, yet few data exist to guide clinicians in its conduct. The purpose of this study was to develop an understanding of the way this communication is currently conducted. METHODS We identified family conferences in the ICUs(More)
The primary goal of evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been to change the way clinicians make decisions. But EBM has inappropriately privileged the results of clinical research for medical decision making and has undermined the importance of other kinds of medical knowledge, pathophysiologic understanding and clinical experience, to clinical practice. Here,(More)