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.
This article highlights the importance of the results of Cochrane’s new systematic review on the efficacy of Methylphenidate for ADHD in children and adolescents.
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Patients, carers and members of the public offer a unique perspective in health and social care research, adding to the expertise of the research team. Improving healthcare services will only be possible by involving the people accessing those services.
Migraines are a burden to those who suffer from them; they can reduce one’s quality of life, decrease one’s ability to function, and even impair one’s performance. The goal of this Cochrane Review was to see if SSRIs and SNRIs were effective in the prevention of migraines.
If you’ve read a newspaper or seen the news over the couple of weeks there’s a good chance you’ll have seen a few pretty terrifying headlines related to Alzheimer’s disease… So can you really catch Alzheimer’s disease from blood transfusions, dental visits or surgery? In short: no. Here’s how we know: 1. This was a very […]
Kendall Jenner is among numerous celebs to attribute their svelte physiques to so-called detox tea – but can tea really help you detox and lose weight?
Currently decisions made on treatment of bronchiectasis are based on guidelines which have a very poor evidence base. Read more to find out!
Advances in technology now allow huge amounts of data to be handled simultaneously. Katherine takes a look at how this can be used in healthcare and how it can be exploited.
Heidi reviews ‘Systematic Reviews in Health Care: A Practical Guide’ written by Paul Glasziou, Les Irwig, Chris Bain and Graham Colditz