Since the beginning of their partnership, the media and medical research have endured a rocky relationship, with many questioning their current compatibility. But what does the future hold for these two?
Join Cochrane Crowd, their partner Mark2Cure and their collective global volunteer network for an online MedLit Blitz, May 9th-12th.
‘Evidence-based practice’ is a commonly used phrase. But this blog asks the question: ‘just how much can we trust published scientific literature?’ with particular reference to the problems of publication bias and statistical approaches.
This blog explains what is meant by Type I and Type II errors in statistics. Whereby we can end up with false positive and false negative results.
This blog announces the Bristol March for Science. Taking place April 22nd 2017, it’s one of many marches taking place throughout the world that students can get involved with to advocate for adequate funding of scientific research & evidence-based decision-making.
This blog is an informal review of the resource: ‘Taking account of the play of chance’, outlining the key points of a chapter from the Testing Treatments book.
This blog discusses problems with peer review in research, and explores possible ways in which the modern peer review process could be improved.
This blog takes a critical look at whether using the Wii for balance rehabiliation in patients with acquired brain injury is a safe, effective and feasible intervention.
This blog is a Portuguese translation of the blog ‘The bias of language’ by Katherine Stagg. Read the English version here. With thanks to Cochrane Brazil for the translation.
This blog discusses the issue of assessing ‘quality’ in research, both methodological and reporting quality. Jenni, the blog author, also points readers towards a paper she has co-authored: ‘Using quality assessment tools to critically appraise ageing research: a guide for clinicians’.
This blog is a critical appraisal of a randomised control trial investigating the effects of bed exercises following a total hip replacement.
In this blog, two physical therapy students describe the occurrence of sexual dysfunction that can occur as a result of pelvic pain, and then argue for physical therapy (PT) to be the first line of treatment for this issue.
Introducing Cochrane UK’s special blog series #theproblemwithsex, which aims to lift the lid on sex and chronic health conditions, on the lack of good evidence for treatments, challenges around talking about sex, and on what can be done to change things for the better.
This blog discusses the issue of statistical significance (whether a difference, such as an improvement in symptoms, is unlikely to have occurred by chance) vs. clinical significance (whether a difference, such as an improvement in symptoms, is meaningful and patient to patients).