New evidence pyramid

M. Hassan Murad, Noor Asi, Mouaz Alsawas, Fares Alahdab

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A pyramid has expressed the idea of hierarchy of medical evidence for so long, that not all evidence is the same. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses have been placed at the top of this pyramid for several good reasons. However, there are several counterarguments to this placement. We suggest another way of looking at the evidence-based medicine pyramid and explain how systematic reviews and meta-analyses are tools for consuming evidence - that is, appraising, synthesising and applying evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalEvidence-Based Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2016


  • EDUCATION & TRAINING (see Medical Education & Training)
  • GENERAL MEDICINE (see Internal Medicine)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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