Systematic Reviews to Support Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Review and Apply Findings of Healthcare Research

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Taylor & Francis, Feb 17, 2003 - Medical - 136 pages

For many healthcare professionals there is a mystery surrounding systematic reviews of healthcare literature. How did they select certain studies and reject others? What did they do to pool results? How did a bunch of insignificant findings suddenly become significant? With this book you will embark on a journey that will provide the key information required to demystify these intrigues. By understanding the principles behind reviews of healthcare literature, you will be able to assess the credibility of the recommendations handed down to you in published reviews and practice guidelines.

Systematic Reviews to Support Evidence-Based Medicine simplifies and explains the key steps involved in reviewing literature, directing its deliberations at a readership of nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, public health personnel, new reviewers and students of epidemiology and health technology assessment.

The authors are veterans of over 150 systematic reviews. Over the years they have worked with healthcare commissioners, clinicians and other decision-makers, producing reviews to inform policy and practice. They have collaborated with other epidemiologists and statisticians to advance methods for undertaking systematic reviews and between them; they have a wide and appropriate range of experience of reviewing and applying findings of healthcare research.

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Khalid S Khan is Professor of Obstetrics-Gynaecology and Clinical Epidemiology at University of Birmingham. He is Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research Synthesis in Reproductive Health at Birmingham. Regina Kunz is nephrologist at the University Hospital Basel and clinical epidemiologist at the Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Basel. Jos Kleijnen is the Director of an independent company Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd. Gerd Antes is the Director of the German Cochrane Centre, Freiburg.

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