Bandolier's Little Book of Making Sense of the Medical Evidence

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Overview

This book is a simple yet essential guide for people who wish to make sense of evidence in a health-care setting, and who want to avoid being misled by faulty evidence. Its origins lie in lectures for medical students, health-care professionals from a variety of settings, and journalists. It provides practical guidelines on how to make sense of and interpret the evidence that is available, with information on how to avoid straying beyond evidence into conjecture, supposition, and wishful thinking. It covers size, trial design, harm as well as benefit, and health economics and management evidence.
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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book provides the essential tools for assessing medical evidence. Excerpts from published research are provided, followed by a brief analysis and commentary.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide guidelines for reading and interpreting scientific evidence. This is a useful goal, especially with the focus on evidence-based practice. It is important to know how to evaluate the evidence and not be misled by faulty evidence. This is not a book on how to conduct research.
Audience: The target audience is healthcare professionals wanting to use the best evidence in practice. The authors are widely known for evidence-based pain treatment.
Features: The book includes a basic understanding of evidence, clinical trials, observational studies, diagnostic testing, adverse events, and economics. For each area, examples from published research are provided followed by how to evaluate the evidence. Providing a basic understanding of what the reader is reading is very helpful.
Assessment: It should benefit the target audience. It is a very small, compact book packed with the essential information for assessing scientific evidence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198566045
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Andrew Moore was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, as a biochemist, and has worked in the NHS, in industry, and in acadaemia.
For 10 years he has been editor of the EBM bulletin Bandolier, and oversees its large and successful Internet site, which now has up to three million visits each week. He has worked in pain research for a quarter of a century.
Andrew's main research interests involve methods of systematic review and meta-analysis, and he us involved with many systematic reviews as well as helping develop new and better understanding. He is the author of over 350 scientific papers, and about 100 papers on EBM. Professor Henry McQuay's research interests have included bench studies of analgesics, primary clinical trials of analgesic interventions and latterly using systematic review techniques to work out a relatively efficacy and safety of analgesics. He has published many articles and books about pain matters.

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Basic understanding and tools
Sect. 2 Clinical trials
Sect. 3 Observational studies
Sect. 4 Diagnostic testing
Sect. 5 Adverse events
Sect. 6 Health economics, etc
Sect. 7 Things that don't fit easily
Sect. 8 Glossary
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