Here are 34 key concepts that are crucial to understand to be able to critically appraise the claims that people make about treatments. And here are lots of resources that explain each key concept. Students, we need your help reviewing them!
Our library features links to a range of resources that can help you get to grips with various aspects of evidence-based healthcare. From statistics tutorials to guidance on how to critically appraise a paper. This page is continually updated, so do let us know if you know of resources that are missing.
Keep up to date with the latest Cochrane evidence by following our sister blog, Evidently Cochrane. Evidently Cochrane posts weekly blogs, which usually feature new or updated Cochrane reviews on a health topic. It is for everyone interested in finding and using the best quality evidence to inform decisions about health.
Do patients who have experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) have better outcomes when they receive bed rest OR when they get out of bed and engage in light activity (e.g. walking, standing or sitting) as soon as possible after treatment? (Also known as ‘early ambulation’)
Cochrane Crowd, Cochrane’s new citizen science platform, recently ran a successful 48 hour citation screening challenge to reach the goal of 1 million research citations screened. The Cochrane Crowd team have provided this overview of the event.
This blog takes a critical look at a strength-based training programme for young people with Down Syndrome.
In 2016, the World Health Organization published a new handbook on the classification of tumours of the brain and spinal cord. This blog takes a look at some of the changes in the way we classify tumours, given advancements in molecular testing.
This blog takes a critical look at a study investigating whether more intense therapy following a neurological event (e.g. a stroke or traumatic brain injury) can lead to a reduction in length of stay in a rehabilitation unit.
Beware dodgy research (particularly when it’s pharmaceutical-funded)! This blog shines a spotlight on some of the appalling ‘tricks’ that researchers and sponsors can (and do!) play to help them get the results they want from their trials. From fiddling with the study design, to fiddling with the data analysis and ‘spinning’ results…
This blog provides a basic overview of: 1) what a meta-analysis is; 2) why they’re considered the ‘gold standard’ of evidence; and 3) how a meta-analysis is carried out.
We’re holding a competition for a student based in the UK or Ireland to attend the 2017 annual Cochrane UK & Ireland symposium for free. Competition deadline: 31st January 2017. The symposium is in Oxford on the 14th & 15th March 2017.
In this blog, learn about the Mafaldas, a group of medical students in Brazil & how they’re aiming to promote evidence-based practice among students and the wider community in Brazil.
In the final blog from our Understanding Evidence launch week, Martin Burton explores absence of evidence… Join in the conversation on Twitter @CochraneUK @MartinJBurton #understandingevidence.
In the fifth blog of our new series, Understanding Evidence, Lynda Ware gives us a flavour of how she’s taking Cochrane and evidence-based medicine to Community Halls. Join in the conversation on Twitter @CochraneUK #understandingevidence.
In the fourth blog of our new series, Understanding Evidence, the Cochrane UK Trainees introduce their group and invite you to get involved. Join in the conversation on Twitter @CochraneUK #CochraneTrainees #understandingevidence.
In the third blog of our new series, Understanding Evidence, Selena Ryan-Vig introduces Students 4 Best Evidence, a blogging network by and for students interested in evidence-based healthcare. Join in the conversation on Twitter with @Students4BE @CochraneUK#understandingevidence