Description: This book compiles the basics of evidence-based medicine for the consumer of medical literature. Twelve chapters and four appendixes give helpful instruction on finding and selecting appropriate papers and direct the reader in critical appraisal of common types of papers, including qualitative studies used in clinical work.
Purpose: The author states the book is for anyone who wants to learn to assess the scientific validity and practical relevance of papers in the medical literature and put the results into practice.
Audience: The book is best suited for health science students, residents, clinicians, and educators who wish to have the essentials of evidence based medicine all in one book.
Features: Chapter 2 covers pointers on searching Medline with suffixes and special commands for specific types of papers suited to an evidence-based medicine approach. Chapter 11 introduces appraisal of qualitative research. The tables in each chapter provide handy references for key points, and Appendix A is particularly useful as a collection of checklist questions used to appraise each type of paper.
Assessment: Now that the McMaster's Users' Guides to the Medical Literature has made the knowledge base of evidence-based medicine available to clinicians, this book provides a compilation the essentials of that knowledge in a handy, easy-to-read, and easy-to-reference format that will surely increase the chances that students and residents will read and absorb the material and that clinicians can use it as they search for and review papers. Although it is a basic book, the references are current and complete and guide those seeking more advanced knowledge. This book is an ideal addition to the educational or personal library of any clinician aspiring to practice the highest art and science of medicine for patients.