This blog takes a critical look at a strength-based training programme for young people with Down Syndrome.
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.
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!
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…
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 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
Cochrane UK’s Director, Martin Burton, introduces Cochrane UK’s new series Understanding Evidence, created in partnership with Students 4 Best Evidence, which kicks off today with a week of blogs.
We all need to be able to make sense of evidence, whether we’re making decisions about treatments, or weighing up the latest health story to hit the headlines. We’re partnering with Cochrane UK to put the spotlight on common errors and misunderstandings with a new campaign, Understanding Evidence.
John, a medical student at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, spent 5 weeks at Cochrane UK for part of his elective over July and August 2016. He highly recommends it. Here’s why…
You are sat down with an article or review. Now you want to critically appraise it. This blog features a checklist of 20 questions to allow you to do just that.
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.
You might rely too much on big journal brands because you hope they have highly rigorous peer-review processes. But are they always really reliable? Let’s find out.
A nuts and bolts tutorial on how to read a forest plot, featuring a couple of exercises so that you can test your own understanding.
Let’s figure out how to get the essential information from a meta-analysis at a glance, by studying a forest plot.