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What is Considered "Evidence"?

Imagine that you supervise an immunology laboratory and you wish to propose that the current slide-based ANA lab test be retired. Instead, you would like to convert to a new, high-throughput automated ENA test. This change would have a great impact on primary care clinicians as well as any rheumatologists who use your laboratory services. Such a change will no doubt require that you present evidence for your proposal to clinicians and other stakeholders. Evidence includes data and information on your proposed test or method that have been gathered from sources that are deemed credible. These sources are usually articles or publications that have undergone a peer-review process.
Examples include:
  • Peer reviewed published research
  • Academic works, such as theses and dissertations
  • Professional journals
  • Academic journals
  • Government agency documents, reports, or protocols (CMS, CDC, FDA, Department of Health, etc.)
  • Technical documents
  • Case studies