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Table 1 Evidence versus experiential knowledge in the context of EBM

From: Learning as an outcome of involvement in research: what are the implications for practice, reporting and evaluation?

The nature of ‘evidence’ The nature of experiential knowledge
Data obtained through systematic enquiry Knowledge gained through experience – wisdom
Objective Subjective
Rational Emotional
Written in scientific and technical language Written in the individual’s own words
Quantitative or qualitative data Descriptive, personal accounts