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Evidence-Based Medicine: In Sherlock Holmes' Footsteps by Jorgen Nordenstrom

By Jorgen Nordenstrom

This energetic instruction manual at the basics of Evidence-based drugs (EBM) leads the reader, step-by-step, via a method that proceeds from a patient’s scientific historical past, through details searches and demanding appraisal of the literature, to strategies for remedy. utilizing an easy four-step process, the writer illustrates tips on how to advance greater questions and more suitable searches, leading to aim and clinically proper details that may be evaluated and carried out in day by day perform. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, the well-known fictional detectives, support all through, drawing parallels among legal and scientific research, and simplifying the approaches and topics of EBM. Evidence-Based drugs in Sherlock Holmes’ Footsteps is a concise, available and instructive advent to EBM for scientific scholars, future health care trainees, medical professionals and allied health and wellbeing execs, and a beneficial source for somebody eager to enhance their skill to go looking, entry and interpret the wealth of data on the fingertips of today’s clinical neighborhood.

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Grading the quality of the evidence. The final step to reach a decision on medical intervention involves: • An analysis of the balance between benefit and harm. • Evaluation of the strength of a recommendation. • Implementation. In order to be able to use the “best research evidence” in accordance with the EBM definition, it is necessary to assess the quality of the information or investigation. There are two principal study designs that are used to establish interventional effects: experimental and observational studies.

60–64) • Clinical Practice Guidelines (pp. 64–65). When you appraise a study you must consider whether you can answer “Yes”, “Not clear” or “No” to the posed questions. The more the “No” responses, the less valuable the study. – And what do you think of it all, Watson? Asked Sherlock Holmes. – It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business. – Dark enough and sinister enough. Holmes and Watson in The Adventure of the Speckled Band. 1 2 3 4 44 Evidence-Based Medicine in Sherlock Holmes’ Footsteps Critical appraisal of therapy studies The ACP Journal Club has three explicit criteria for scientific merit, which all studies of therapy must fulfil to be considered for assessment: • Random allocation of participants to comparison groups • Follow up of at least 80% of those entering the investigation • Outcome measure of known or probable clinical importance.

The aim of critical appraisal tools is to provide analytical evaluations of study quality in order to minimize bias and it is important for consumers of research to ascertain whether the results can be believed and transferred to clinical practice. In this section we shall use a simplified critical appraisal tool for quality assessment based on a number of questions: Question Elicits answers concerning Why? In what way? How good? How big? How sure? So what? The aim Design and execution Quality Effect Reliability Relevance/significance The majority of critical appraisal tools are research design-specific and contain items that address methodological issues that are unique to the study design.

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