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We are dedicated to the practice, teaching and dissemination of high-quality evidence-based medicine to improve healthcare in everyday clinical practice.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine was established in Oxford in 1995 with the aim of promoting evidence-based health care to all offering effective and up-to-date decision-making in health care around the world. We provide support and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers and others interested in learning about Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), The Centre is directed by Prof Carl Heneghan, GP, experienced clinician and researcher.

The CEBM provides free support and resources to everyone interested in learning more about EBM via their website. Our work falls into three categories:

  1. Research and development on the barriers to and improvement of the clinical practice of evidence.
  2. Training in the principles and practice of evidence-based medicine.
  3. Training the trainers in how to teach EBM and how to undertake research and development in EBM.
Gives me a better appreciation of the need to apply evidence-based practice where and when practical to routine clinical practice.

Our popular courses range from one-day introductory workshops on EBM in practice to a five-day residential programme, providing each delegate with the knowledge and confidence to practise EBM in their own working environment.

Our team

Latest news

Oxford-led research makes BJGP Open's top ten most read open research articles of 2020

Three articles, led by Oxford researchers in the department, including three DPhil students, make the top 10 list for the most read open research articles in the BJGP Open for 2020 - including number one.

Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network launches website

The Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network from the University of Oxford have today launched a new website, bringing together world-class evidence-based research and expertise from the cultural and heritage sector to support people's health and well-being through social prescribing.


Evidence Synthesis Working Group

CEBM members form one of the nine teams that make up the SPCR’s Evidence Synthesis Working Group, with Oxford acting as the lead institution. This cross-School collaboration was formed last year to deliver twenty high-impact systematic reviews to underpin effective care in important priority areas in the NHS.

Blog posts

Interrupted or invigorated? Qualitative health research during the Covid-19 pandemic

Gemma Hughes and Sara Paparini from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences reflect on the work of the IRIHS group.

COVID-19 pandemic: Can the cultural and heritage sectors support older people’s well-being through social prescribing?

Stephanie Tierney (Senior Researcher and Departmental Lecturer) and Kamal R Mahtani (Associate Professor and GP), Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford