Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
Evidence-based thinking and why it matters
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The concept of doing a Masters Degree in Evidence Based Health Care intrigued me.The more I looked into it the more I thought it was the right thing for me.
All clouds – even the big ones revealed at this meeting – have silver linings.
Let me set the scene. its 3 am and our little one awoke for a feed and had a good burp before he started expressing all the signs of being tired again and ready to go back into his cot….great! we thought as we were also quite tired…..but he didn’t settle.
Observation has been the principle of empirical scientific method since Aristotle, who viewed scientific inquiry as ‘…progression from observations to general principles and back to observations’.
£3 million awarded to the University of Oxford to support progression to a wide range of Master’s courses by UK and EU students.
The intellectually stimulating environment in Oxford is hard to describe and to emulate.
Its a busy week, although you will definitely not just sit and listen to talks all day: all the sessions are interactive and we utilise group work sessions. Everyone brings their expertise and perspectives to the group, which always makes for interesting discussions.
How studying the history and philosophy of EBM helps
There were about 20,000 POWs in the camp, of whom a quarter were British. The diet was about 600 calories a day and we all had diarrhoea. In addition we had severe epidemics of typhoid, diphtheria, infections, jaundice, and sand-fly fever…
Doctor Igho Onakpoya and Professor Carl Heneghan attended the World Health Organization in Geneva, on the 5th of November 2013.
A common mantra in statistics is that ‘association is not causation’. However, in reality it is causation that we are really interested in when researching a phenomenon in Medicine.
Does A cause B? If I take X will I prevent Y?
These apparently innocuous questions have profound philosophical implications.
My favourite EBP course of the year (every year!) For me, as a tutor, it is probably one of my favourite teaching roles throughout the academic year. The course began with an introduction from the CEBM director Professor Carl Heneghan. Carl reminded us, amongst many other things, of the simple steps in EBP: Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, Assess.
In the EUROPA trial 12,218 patients were randomized to receive perindopril or placebo. 9.9% of the participants in the ‘placebo’ group died or had a heart attack, whereas only 8% in the experimental group died or had a heart attack: roughly a 2% absolute effect size. You would have to treat 50 patients with the drug to get one with a positive outcome.
“A man begins cutting his teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew” Herb Caen
This was very much my experience when teaching about ’Study Designs’ on day one of the Practice of Evidence Based Health Care. Active, enthusiastic and engaged audiences, in my opinion, always make for a better teaching (and hopefully learning) experience.
This is a significant document which highlights the importance of clinical trials for the health of a nation, but also for the overall economy. There has been a substantial drop in the number of trials being undertaken in the UK; yet, when you ask the population if they want to participate in a trial: 72% say they do.
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