Studying a Study and Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Evidence / Edition 5

Studying a Study and Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Evidence / Edition 5

by Richard K. Riegelman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0781745764

ISBN-13: 9780781745765

Pub. Date: 10/11/2004

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

In today's rapidly changing world of clinical practice, old assumptions quickly fall under the weight of new evidence. But to make effective clinical decisions, you must face a deluge of data published in the health research literature.

With this best-selling text as your guide, you'll discover a concise, stepwise program that will help you evaluate clinical

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Overview

In today's rapidly changing world of clinical practice, old assumptions quickly fall under the weight of new evidence. But to make effective clinical decisions, you must face a deluge of data published in the health research literature.

With this best-selling text as your guide, you'll discover a concise, stepwise program that will help you evaluate clinical studies, identify flaws in study design, interpret statistics, and apply evidence from clinical research to your practice.

Sharpen your analytical skills with these insightful features...

  • Step-by-step approach ideal for both students and practitioners guides you through the health research literature, showing you the ingredients that go into a meaningful study, clues to potential study flaws, and ways to apply solid evidence in clinical practice.
  • Uniform framework uses a simple six-point framework based on the mnemonic M.A.A.R.I.E. You will learn to evaluate studies in terms of Methods, Assignment, Assessment, Results, Interpretation, and Extrapolation.
  • Hypothetical illustrations demonstrate the limitations of today's published studies.
  • Unique learning aids—including question checklists, scenarios illustrating study design, and flaw-catching exercises—help you reinforce key facts and retain what you've learned.

NEW to the Fifth Edition...

  • New "Guide to the Guidelines" section helps you make sense of established and emerging clinical guidelines, and helps you understand the role of these guidelines in practice.
  • Current information on outcomes includes discussions of safety and of the effects of interactions on outcomes.
  • More graphic presentation of statistics helps make complex concepts easy to grasp and apply using a flowchart of statistics.
  • StudyingaStudy.com Website is an integral feature of this edition providing interactive materials for all sections of the book. The Website provides practice using the M.A.A.R.I.E. framework, interactive flaw-catching and Selecting a Statistics exercises, self-testing questions-answers and exercises using abstracts from real articles.
  • Courses and Journal Clubs can now use Studying a Study and Testing a Test with the help of a special section of the Website.

Clear the path to a new understanding of evidence-based medicine...and integrate today's best evidence into tomorrow's practice. Order your copy of Studying a Study and Testing a Test, Fifth Edition today!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780781745765
Publisher:
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date:
10/11/2004
Series:
Core Handbook Series in Pediatrics
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : putting progress into practice
1Introduction and flaw-catching exercise1
Sect. IStudying a study
2Types of studies and the M.A.A.R.I.E. framework7
3Method16
4Assignment20
5Assessment25
6Results32
7Interpretation50
8Extrapolation58
9Randomized clinical trials67
10Database research : nonconcurrent cohort studies89
11Meta-analysis99
12Questions to ask and flaw-catching exercises116
Sect. IITesting a test
13Method137
14Assignment143
15Assessment149
16Results157
17Interpretation164
18Extrapolation172
19Screening175
20Questions to ask and flaw-catching exercises184
Sect. IIIRating a rate
21Method and assignment193
22Assessment200
23Results204
24Interpretation and extrapolation211
25Life expectancy220
26Questions to ask and flaw-catching exercises227
Sect. IVConsidering costs and evaluating effectiveness
27Introduction and method235
28Assignment246
29Assessment251
30Results260
31Interpretation269
32Extrapolation276
33Questions to ask an flaw-catching exercises280
Sect. VA guide to the guidelines
34Method293
35Assignment297
36Assessment300
37Results302
38Interpretation308
39Extrapolation and questions to ask317
Sect. VISelecting a statistic
40Basic principles323
41Univariable analysis334
42Bivariable analysis341
43Multivariable analysis350
44Selecting a statistic flowcharts362

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