This blog discusses the issue of statistical significance (whether a difference, such as an improvement in symptoms, is unlikely to have occurred by chance) vs. clinical significance (whether a difference, such as an improvement in symptoms, is meaningful and patient to patients).
This blog takes a critical look at whether acupuncture or physiotherapy (compared to usual care) can lead to improvements in knee pain & functionality in patients awaiting knee replacement surgery.
This blog discusses the problem of confirmation bias: our tendency to favour answers that confirm ideas and beliefs that we already have. It also discusses two possible solutions to this problem: 1) referring to systematic reviews, which take account of ALL the available evidence and 2) actively seeking out information which may challenge our preconceptions.
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’)
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.
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.
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 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 second blog of our new series Understanding Evidence, Iain Chalmers, the founding director of Cochrane UK, looks at developments in research on prenatal corticosteroids since the work which gave rise to the Cochrane logo. Join in the conversation on Twitter @iainchalmersTTi @CochraneUK #understandingevidence
‘O que é medicina baseada em evidências?’ This is a Portuguese translation of the blog ‘What is evidence-based medicine?’
This blog explains what allocation concealment is & why it’s important, in terms of preventing researchers from (intentionally or otherwise) influencing which participants are assigned to a given intervention group.