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Evidence-based thinking and why it matters
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Writing words worth reading 2. Five guidelines

Jeff Aronson

In the second of three blogs on writing words worth reading, Jeff Aronson offers some simple guidelines.

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What is value based healthcare and why is it relevant?

Louise Hurst

Value-based healthcare is the equitable, sustainable and transparent use of the available resources to achieve better outcomes and experiences for every person.

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Writing words worth reading - 1. Three general principles to get started

Jeff Aronson

The first of a series of three blogs.

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How to deliver teaching that gets to the P in Evidence Based Practice

Edmund Jack

‘The teaching EBM (TEBM) course was a great experience – working with and helping others develop their teaching skills’

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Tip for data extraction for meta-analysis - 7

Kathy Taylor

How can categorical risk data be pooled?

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Tip for data extraction for meta-analysis - 6

Kathy Taylor

How do you calculate a standard error of a beta coefficient?

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Tip for data extraction for meta-analysis - 5

Kathy Taylor

What can you do when a study reports a beta coefficient instead of a hazard ratio?

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Medical student blog - Systematic Review Signals

Bavidra Kulendrarajah & Adam Grey

The combination of these two outcomes has made this a really worthwhile experience, and one we would highly recommend to our colleagues considering where to spend their time on the special studies module.

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Thinking about meta-synthesis and its proliferation over recent years

Stephanie Tierney

The range of approaches to meta-synthesis has proliferated over recent decades…

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Numbers don’t count – methods do

Veronika Williams, Anne-Marie Boylan, David Nunan

Why we need to reshape critical appraisal and develop tools that allow differentiated evaluations of the myriad of qualitative methodological approaches

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Tip for data extraction for meta-analysis - 4

Kathy Taylor

I’ll look at a different study design, prognostic studies, and consider a problem with extracting hazard ratios, relative risks and odds ratios. I’ll focus on hazard ratios, but my tip will also apply to relative risks and odds ratios.

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Logarithms and log-transformations

Kathy Taylor

Logarithms (frequently referred to as ‘logs’) are often used in statistics.

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Bacterial skin infections in older adults – don’t make a rash diagnosis…

Kome Gbinigie

Most of the research on the way that bacterial skin infections present in older adults has been performed in hospital–based studies. Together with a team of researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford, we decided to find out what research has been done in this area in the community setting so that the findings would be relevant to GPs.

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Tip for data extraction in meta-analysis - 3

Kathy Taylor

What if the sensitivity or specificity is also not reported?

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What have qualitative systematic reviews ever done for us?

Stephanie Tierney and Kamal R Mahtani

Systematic reviews of quantitative research are a staple of decision-making for those providing and commissioning services.

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