Research Explores Evidence-Based Medicine and Primary Care

According to a paper co-authored by Dr. Daniella Zipkin of the Duke University Medical Center and published recently in the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, primary-care medical professionals deal with several challenges in incorporating evidence-based medicine into their practices. Evidence-based medicine constitutes using the most up-to-date and highest-quality research in carrying out decisions related to patient care.

Daniella Zipkin’s paper, titled “Evidence-Based Medicine and Primary Care: Keeping Up is Hard to Do,” explores in-depth the data in support of evidence-based medicine, and suggests methods for overcoming the difficulties and integrating it smoothly into everyday care practices. Moreover, Dr. Zipkin’s research highlights the increasingly important role evidence-based medicine will play in the health care establishment, especially considering that professionals can fulfill Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 criteria through the practice of evidence-based medicine.

To read Daniella Zipkin’s paper in its entirety and to browse other articles in the September/October 2012 issue of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, please visit


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As a teacher, investigator, and clinician, Dr. Daniella Zipkin works with physicians, staff, and medical residents to improve practices in evidence-based medicine and doctor-patient communication. Through research grants connected to her faculty position at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Dr. Zipkin studies the impact of communicating evidence to physicians in a collaborative atmosphere and to patients in a clinical setting. Dr. Daniella Zipkin currently serves as a Principal Investigator through a Duke Graduate Medical Education Innovation Grant on case-based teaching conferences in evidence-based medicine. She also leads a project through the Society of General Internal Medicine to create communication summaries for physicians to use with patients when explaining new clinical data. In conjunction with her academic role, Dr. Daniella Zipkin recently presented at several regional and national conferences. Dr. Zipkin developed and taught a workshop in evidence-based medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ pediatric hospitalist program. She also served as a Workshop Leader at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in 2011 on two programs, titled “Is a picture worth a 1,000 words? Communicating Evidence to Patients” and “Beyond Critical Appraisal: Tips for Real World Application of Study Results.” Dr. Daniella Zipkin studied at The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and completed her residency in general internal medicine through New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. She started working as a clinician educator through a fellowship at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Since then, Dr. Zipkin has held several faculty and research positions in evidence-based medicine at UCSF, the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, and Duke University. In addition to her teaching background, Dr. Daniella Zipkin has served in several clinical settings as an Attending Physician at CPMC and as a Primary Care Internist at the Santa Cruz Medical Foundation in California. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in the Division of General Internal Medicine.