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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.