Critical appraisal tools (CATs) are commonly used by students and researchers alike, as a way of judging a study’s quality. In this blog, Dennis Neuen addresses the need to appraise these tools and has also collated a list of 12 CATs from all over the world.
This blog is a Portuguese translation of the blog ‘Meta-analysis: what, why and how’. Thanks to Cochrane Brazil for the translation.
We are adding lots more resources and tools to help you get to grips with various aspects of evidence and evidence-based healthcare. We want to hear from students: what do you make of these resources? Are they easy to understand? Do they increase your understanding?
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.
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…
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.
Let’s find out why physicians sometimes contradict each other from a statistical perspective. And see how students can learn from that.
When dealing with a difficult question, we tend to seek the answer for a simpler one, that seems to be relevant. However, a seductive trap awaits us here. Come with me, I’ll show you the world of surrogate endpoints.
Confused about Hazard Ratios and their confidence intervals? This blog provides a handy tutorial.
Deevia takes a look at ‘effect modification’ and ‘confounding’ and explains the differences.
In his book, A Scientist in Wonderland, Edzard Ernst describes his life and career. He becomes a pioneer in researching alternative medicine, and as one would expect, makes plenty of enemies along the way.
Key message: Evidence Based Medicine is useful for informing healthcare professionals what works, what doesn’t, and helping to determine if the benefits outweigh the harms, but it’s far from perfect. There are valuable lessons learned about research that we can share across disciplines. What is the Evidence Based Medicine problem? In 2005, Dr. John Ioannidis, a […]
The Systematic Review is the highest level of research design and brings available evidence to find an answer to a research question. Read Danny’s blog.
In search of a book with simple, comprehensible definitions and examples of clinical evidence? Do you want to take the first step in understanding common terms in clinical evidence as well as commonly used methods and their pitfalls? This review will inform you if this is the book you’re looking for.