How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 18, 2010 - Medical - 256 pages
How to Read a Paper describes the different types of clinical research reporting, and explains how to critically appraise the publications. The book provides the tools to find and evaluate the literature, and implement the findings in an evidence-based, patient-centered way. Written for anyone in the health care professions who has little or no knowledge of evidence-based medicine, it provides a clear understanding of the concepts and how to put them into practice at the basic, clinical level.

Changes for the 4th edition
The fourth edition will include two new chapters on important developments in health care research and delivery, but otherwise retains its original style, size, and scope.

  • New chapter on quality improvement – describing papers on quality improvement projects using ebm methods; this will extend the readership to non clinical health care professionals working in hospitals and family practice, and to nurse specialists and practice nurses working in this field
  • New chapter on complex interventions - how to set up research projects involving both qualitative and quantitative methodology (known as mixed methods)
  • Thorough revision and updating of existing chapters and references
  • New illustrations – diagrammatic representations of ebm concepts

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Trisha Greenhalgh OBE is Professor of Primary Health Care at University College, London and a practising GP. Her main areas of interest are: Web based teaching and learning, especially for health care professionals; Evidence-based health care and quality improvement, especially in relation to multiprofessional and interdisciplinary working; Health service management, especially organisation, delivery and evaluation of diabetes services in primary care; Use of personal narrative to explore the patient's perspective and illness experience, especially in relation to diabetes in minority ethnic groups. Professor Greenhalgh has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals, is co-author of four other books and publishes a regular column in the British Medical Journal.

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