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.
Cochrane UK’s Director, Martin Burton, introduces Cochrane UK’s new series Understanding Evidence, created in partnership with Students 4 Best Evidence, which kicks off today with a week of blogs.
Let’s figure out how the epidemiologists determine the diagnostic thresholds by studying the cases of anemia and type II diabetes.
Confused about Hazard Ratios and their confidence intervals? This blog provides a handy tutorial.
Here we will address the problem with cancer screening interventions regarding the potential benefits and harms of these strategies.
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.
The ‘Health in the Media’ feature is back! Iodine deficiency has been linked to poor thyroid function and weight gain, but did the Daily Mail dish out helpful advice on where to find dietary iodine?
Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics is one of the few easily digestible statistics books that teaches anyone the most basic principles and concepts how to question and see the reality behind health news, hype, claims and ads.
In the third in our series of articles reviewing the health evidence tools produced by McMaster University, Mathura Mahendren looks at Health Systems Evidence, an information resource for people interested in public health policy.
Let’s be honest, Evidence-Based Medicine is great. But it’s not perfect. Issues such as the lack of publishing of negative results need to be understood and tackled. In this Youtube video, Prof David Nealy does just that.
In the first in our series of articles reviewing the health evidence tools produced by McMaster University, Mathura Mahendren gets to know the Optimum Aging Portal, a resource for communicating evidence-based ways of staying healthy in older age.
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 […]
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.
Sean reviews The Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson, a book that asks what governments can learn from the success of Evidence-Based Medicine, how we can improve the public understanding of science and how we can entrench scientific thinking into other aspects of public life.