This blog takes a critical look at a randomised controlled trial exploring whether additional core stability exercises (over and above standard rehabilitation) can benefit patients after a stroke.
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.
This blog takes a critical look at the use of acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome.
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.
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.
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.
Existem quatro passos fundamentais em MBE e os recursos no website estão ligados a estes.
[There are four key steps in EBM and the resources on the website are linked to these].
Confused about Hazard Ratios and their confidence intervals? This blog provides a handy tutorial.
Why you too should be writing for Students 4 Best Evidence
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a common condition that can be caused by multiple factors and can affect quality of life. Rehabilitation involves strengthening of the quadriceps but there is debate about if treatment should focus on being selective to the vastus medialis component of quadriceps. The following is a critical appraisal of a study which investigates if selective strengthening is more beneficial than general strengthening.
Outcome switching is a major problem in clinical trial reporting that distorts the evidence doctors and patients use to make real-world clinical decisions. Numerous prevalence studies have already shown this to be an extremely common problem, even in top medical journals. However the CEBM Outcome Monitoring Project (COMPare) has taken a new approach: writing to journals to correct the record on individual trials, in the hope that individual accountability and open data sharing will help solve this important problem. Our main question was: how will the journals respond? This blog tells the story of COMPare so far.
Reviews tend to provide summaries of the literature on a topic. However, there are differences between them in terms of the stages and applicability of findings. This post will highlight such differences between traditional reviews and systematic reviews.
Managing hypertension is complex, involves lifestyle modifications such as physical activity and dietary interventions, as well as drugs. Here, we highlight the evidence from Cochrane about which drug is better as a first-line therapy.
We hear the word “evidence-based medicine” too often but why is evidence-based medicine important? And what’s the difference between eminence-based medicine? This post addresses those questions and give some examples of both evidence and eminence-based medicine practice.