Evaluating your practice

Confirmation bias…is exactly what you think it is

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.

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Unexplained symptoms: somatoform disorders

Medically unexplained physical symptoms. The notion of physical symptoms having no medical causes is not an old one; when is it really a Somatoform disorder and what is the best treatment? Two new Cochrane reviews help answer the question.