Principles of Scientific Literature Evaluation: Critiquing Clinical Drug Trials / Edition 2

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Promotional Text: Principles of Scientific Literature Evaluation: Critiquing Clinical Drug Trials hinges on a structured, question-based approach to evaluating clinical drug trials, the major type of scientific study that practicing pharmacists review. Growing out of the author's 20 years of teaching the subject to PharmD students, the instructional method is well established and effective. The book refines and expands upon the scientific literature evaluation section of Principles of Drug Information and Scientific Literature Evaluation (1994), a textbook coauthored by Frank J. Ascione, Carol Colvin Manifold, and Mary A. Parenti.
Key Features:
• 8 sharply focused chapters, organized by the typical sections of a published article, provide a basic overview of how to critique papers that describe drug studies
• 3 chapters cover special topics in scientific literature evaluation • Index

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This title hinges on a structured, question-based approach to evaluating clinical drug trials, the major type of scientific study reviewed by practicing pharmacists.

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Reviewer: Joan Stachnik, PharmD, BCPS (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a guide to evaluating published clinical trials.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide healthcare practitioners with objective measures by which to critically evaluate the medical literature. Considering the large number of trials published in medical journals, a way to critically evaluate these articles is needed.
Audience: According to the editor, the intended audience is any healthcare practitioner who reads the medical literature. However, the text would be especially useful in the classroom as an aid in teaching students about the medical literature.
Features: The editor uses a set of 23 questions relating to various parts of a published clinical trial (abstract, introduction, methods, results, etc) to illustrate what should and should not be in these sections. With each question, the he presents somewhat in-depth discussions on various aspects of study design relating to a particular section of a published article, such as randomization, types of trial design, blinding, data presentation and interpretation, and statistical tests. Many of the examples are from the medical literature. Each chapter is well-referenced. The editor is a recognized expert in the area of medical literature evaluation.
Assessment: In this book the healthcare practitioner will find a guide to critically evaluate the medical literature. The editor uses examples from the published literature to illustrate what one might find when reading an article, and also gives an overview of clinical trial design. Although this book would be valuable to any practitioner who reads the medical literature, it would be most useful in the classroom to teach students how to properly read and evaluate a published trial.
Joan M. Stachnik
This is a guide to evaluating published clinical trials. The purpose is to provide healthcare practitioners with objective measures by which to critically evaluate the medical literature. Considering the large number of trials published in medical journals, a way to critically evaluate these articles is needed. According to the editor, the intended audience is any healthcare practitioner who reads the medical literature. However, the text would be especially useful in the classroom as an aid in teaching students about the medical literature. The editor uses a set of 23 questions relating to various parts of a published clinical trial (abstract, introduction, methods, results, etc) to illustrate what should and should not be in these sections. With each question, the he presents somewhat in-depth discussions on various aspects of study design relating to a particular section of a published article, such as randomization, types of trial design, blinding, data presentation and interpretation, and statistical tests. Many of the examples are from the medical literature. Each chapter is well-referenced. The editor is a recognized expert in the area of medical literature evaluation. In this book the healthcare practitioner will find a guide to critically evaluate the medical literature. The editor uses examples from the published literature to illustrate what one might find when reading an article, and also gives an overview of clinical trial design. Although this book would be valuable to any practitioner who reads the medical literature, it would be most useful in the classroom to teach students how to properly read and evaluate a published trial.
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Ascione (social and administrative pharmacy, U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor) presents a structured, question-based approach to evaluating clinical drug trials, the major type of scientific study that practicing pharmacists review. The textbook for pharmacy students is expanded and revised from his contribution to the 1994 reference . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582120089
  • Publisher: APhA Publications
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Evaluating the Scientific Literature 1
2 Abstract and Introduction 24
3 Methods: Patients and Research Setting 44
4 Methods: Use of Experimented Controls 60
5 Methods: Measurement of Results 89
6 Results: Protocol and Data Management Problems 113
7 Results: Presentation of Data 125
8 Results: Interpretation of Data 153
9 Discussion and Conclusions 177
Index 191
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