Users' Guide to the Medical Literature: Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice

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Evidence-Based Medicine. From the popular Users' Guides series in JAMA come two state-of-the-art books edited by Drs Gordon Guyatt and Drummond Rennie, with contributions from more than fifty of the most renowned evidence-based medicine (EBM) educators and practitioners in the world. As the culmination of nearly two decades of teaching and research, both of the Users' Guides to the Medical Literature provide the most detailed yet clinician-friendly exposition of the concepts necessary to use the medical ...

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Overview

Evidence-Based Medicine. From the popular Users' Guides series in JAMA come two state-of-the-art books edited by Drs Gordon Guyatt and Drummond Rennie, with contributions from more than fifty of the most renowned evidence-based medicine (EBM) educators and practitioners in the world. As the culmination of nearly two decades of teaching and research, both of the Users' Guides to the Medical Literature provide the most detailed yet clinician-friendly exposition of the concepts necessary to use the medical literature to solve patient problems. Explore both text and CD-ROM of Users' Guides to the Medical Literature to learn: Why framing the right question is so important How to find and distinguish between strong and weak evidence What's needed to critically appraise the best evidence How to weigh the risks and benefits that precede medical management decisions How to individualize evidence to each patient The Essential EBM Toolkits. Together with the practical glossary, index, appendix of calculations, and laminated quick reference cards, each Users' Guides to the Medical Literature book and CD-ROM constitutes a comprehensive toolkit to support a clinical rounds presentation on evidence-based medicine. CD-ROM (included FREE with either text). Fully hyperlinked and searchable text and graphics Organized, classified, and coded to support electronic outlining, content filtering, and full-text searching Alternative content organizations allow for nonlinear learning experiences Free Access to Interactive Web Site With your purchase of the Users' Guides, you also get an initial free trial subscription to the Users' Guides Interactive Web site at www.usersguides.org . This interactive Web site includes the full text of Users' Guides, alternative browsing paths, references that are hyperlinked to NLM PubMed entries, collections of tips and reminders, interactive worksheets, and additional case scenarios. The Users' Guides Interactive

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Reviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This concise manual is a compilation of a series of groundbreaking articles, published first in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and later in JAMA dealing with ways in which busy clinicians can critically evaluate the medical literature and quickly translate new information into practice. Updated with new studies, the manual presents this information in a single seamless text.
Purpose: The book seeks to guide clinicians in the use of evidence-based principles to critically evalute the medical literature, and translate new information into daily practice. The book succeeds in presenting this vital information in an easy to read, user-friendly fashion.
Audience: Written primarily for practicing physicians, the book will also be useful to students and residents who are trying to translate their journal reading into a mode they can continue once they are in active practices. The lead author is a noted JAMA editor, and the multiple contributors represent a cross-section of the world's medical scholars.
Features: The book presents a systematic approach to evaluating the medical literature. The importance of critical appraisal is stressed, with issues such as test bias, validity, and errors underscored. At the conclusion of each key point, the concept of how the particular issue is relevant to day-to-day practice is addressed. At the conclusion of the book, an extensive and very well done glossary of common research terms is included, which is very useful.
Assessment: This concise manual packs an impressive amount of information on evidence-based medicine and practical literature review into relatively few pages. Many clinicans would easily be able to peruse the book — and find much useful information — in a single sitting. Yet the book also serves as a useful reference on evidence-based clinical practice as well. Busy clinicians who yearn to better understand the world of research outcomes — that is to say, most of us — will find this book practical, useful, and very enlightening.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579471910
  • Publisher: American Medical Association
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Guyatt, MD, MSc

Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine

Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

Drummond Rennie, MD

JAMA, Chicago, IL

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Maureen O. Meade, MD, FRCPC, MSc

Departments of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

Deborah J. Cook, MD, MSc

Department of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Contributors
1. How to Use the Medical Literature—and This Book—to Improve Your Patient Care
2. The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine
3. What Is the Question?
4. Finding the Evidence
5. Why Study Results Mislead: Bias and Random Error
6. Therapy (Randomized Trials)
7. Does Treatment Lower Risk? Understanding the Results
8. Confidence Intervals
9. Harm (Observational Studies)
10. The Process of Diagnosis
11. Differential Diagnosis
12. Diagnostic Tests
13. Prognosis
14. Summarizing the Evidence
15. How to Use a Patient Management Recommendation Glossary Index

Gordon Guyatt, MD, MSc

Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine

Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

Drummond Rennie, MD

JAMA, Chicago, IL

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Maureen O. Meade, MD, FRCPC, MSc

Departments of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

Deborah J. Cook, MD, MSc

Department of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

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