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Furthermore, the publisher ensures that the text paper and cover board used have met acceptable environmental accreditation standards. Appraising the Is it important? How much will it help your Making a particular patient? Is it cost-effective? Evaluating your How could you do it better performance next time? It has largely been adapted from resources developed at the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine. For more detailed coverage, you should refer to the other EBM texts and web pages cited throughout.
Further sections within each chapter address these points in more detail and give additional background information.
Occasionally, you will see the dustbin icon on the right. Asking answerable questions The four elements of a well-formed clinical question are: 1 Patient or Problem 2 Intervention 3 Comparison intervention if appropriate 4 Outcome s The terms you identify from this process will form the basis of your search for evidence and the question as your guide in assessing its relevance.
Intervention Next, think about what you are considering doing. In therapy, this may be a drug or counselling; in diagnosis it could be a test or screening programme. If your question is about harm or aetiology, it may be exposure to an environmental agent. If considering drug treat- ment, for example, dosage and delivery should be included. Again, you can always broaden your search later if your question is too narrow. This might be nothing, or standard care, but you should think at this stage about the alternatives.
There may be useful evidence which directly compares the two interventions. Outcome There is an important distinction to be made between the outcome that is relevant to your patient or problem and the outcome meas- ures deployed in studies. You should spend some time working out exactly what outcome is important to you, your patient, and the time-frame that is appropriate. However, outcome measures, and the relevant time to their measurement, may be guided by the studies themselves and not by your original question.
Type of question Once you have created a question, it is helpful to think about what type of question you are asking, as this will affect where you look for the answer and what type of research you can expect to pro- vide the answer. Typology for question building Type of question Type of evidence Aetiology: the causes of disease and their Case—control or modes of operation.
Quality of life: what will be the quality of life Qualitative study of the patient? Doing the right things right. In: Evidence Based Health-Care. New York: Churchill Livingstone, , chapter 2.
The well-built clini- cal question: a key to evidence-based decisions [editorial]. Br Med J ;— 2. New York: Churchill Livingstone, Finding the evidence: how to get the most from your searching See p. See p. Choose primary database s See p. Combine textwords and thesaurus See p. Think about what kind of evidence you need to answer your question: 1 Levels of evidence see p.
Finding the evidence 9 2 Secondary sources Of course, if someone has already searched for and appraised evi- dence around your question, it makes sense to use that informa- tion if possible. They are a very useful way of organizing your own ap- praisals and sharing them with your colleagues. Many people use them to help run evidence-based journal clubs. Many people now make their CATs available on the web and you might like to start searching here. You should be wary, however, of the provenance of these CATs.
This is an ex- cellent way to use the limited time at your disposal for reading. You need to combine both of these to search these databases effectively. Why do we need both of these? Unfortunately, the index may not correspond exactly to your needs and the indexers may not have been consistent in the way they assigned articles to subject headings ; similarly, using textword searching alone may miss important articles.
For these reasons, you should use both thesaurus and textword searching. Most databases allow you to build up a query by typing multiple statements, which you can combine using Boolean operators see below.
Here is an example from PubMed www. Finding the evidence 15 Question: In patients who have had a heart attack, does simvastatin reduce mortality? This underlines the importance of using both methods. In PubMed, typing a single term into the search box automatically carries out both a textword and thesaurus search. Type your search here View your search history here Search MeSH thesaurus here Select citations here Then download them here Use Clinical Queries to target high quality evidence To increase sensitivity: 1 Expand your search using broader terms in the thesaurus.
Depending on which databases you use, these features might have different keystrokes or commands associated with them; however, we have tried to summarize them as best we can in the table below. Finding the evidence 17 Feature key explanation Expand Use explosion and include all sub-headings to thesaurus MeSH expand your search. Boolean AND Article must include both terms.
OR Article can include either term. Limit variable As appropriate, restrict by publication type clinicaltrial. The PubMed Clinical Queries feature allows you to target good quality diagno- sis, prognosis, aetiology and therapy articles as well as systematic reviews.
Can this web site help you to answer your question? There are many large web sites which provide detailed information about health care topics; sometimes you may be asked to recom- mend a site for a patient to read up on their condition.
But how can you tell when a site is any good? Oxford: Up- date Software, Oxford: Minerva- tion Ltd, Grimshaw J, Russell I. Effect of clinical guidelines on medical practice: a sys- temic review of rigorous evaluations. Lancet ;— Development and application of a generic methodology to assess the quality of clinical guidelines. Int J Qual Health Care ;—8. Healy G. Systematic reviews in cancer: results of a comprehensive search. Critical appraisal of guidelines 1 Does the guideline address a clear issue?
The purpose of appraising guidelines is to weigh up the extent to which these biases may be a problem. It should be easy to tell which patients the guideline applies to; their views and preferences should have been sought in the development process. You should ensure the purpose of the guideline meets the use you intend for it. Guidelines may be disseminated to assist health professionals with clinical decision making e. Guidelines may be directed at different practitioners and different settings.
Critical appraisal of guidelines 23 Methods 3 Was there a comprehensive search for the evidence? The search for evidence should be as comprehensive as a system- atic review see p. There should be a clear and explicit statement of appropriate inclu- sion and exclusion criteria which were applied to the evidence. Guideline developers should consider all reasonable practice op- tions, and all important potential outcomes.
You should look for information on morbidity, mortality, and quality of life associated with each option. In examining cost-effectiveness outcomes, consider the perspec- tive the developers have taken see p. Guideline developers often deal with inadequate evidence; there- fore, they may have to consider a variety of studies as well as re- ports of expert and consumer experience. There must be clarity about the type and quantity of evidence upon which each recommendation is based.
Look for a report of methods used to syn- Problem area identified thesize preferences from multiple sources. Appropriate, Has structured, processes, such as the Delphi consensus emerged? Yes method opposite increase the likeli- hood that all important values are duly No considered. Even with evidence from randomized clinical trials, the effect size of an intervention may be marginal or the intervention may be associated with costs, discomforts, or impracticalities that lead to disagreement or am- bivalence among guideline developers about what to recommend.
It is particularly important to know how patient preferences were considered.
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Evidence based medicine pdf For further titles in the series, visit: www. It concentrates on teaching evidence-based medicine EBM and health-care systems opera. Evidence based medicine is the key to the success of modern healthcare. Available at whqlibdoc. Intpublications eng. Evidence-based medicine and The Cochrane Collaboration. Learn how to use evidence-based medicine EBM in your clinical practice.
Free download Read online. Description Details Hashtags Report an issue Book Description This book approaches the study of critical care with teaching in mind. In medicine "teachable moments" usually occur in clinical context, where the engagement in a real case exemplifies principles of diagnosis or therapy. In order to replicate the teaching method, selected cases are presented within each chapter offering the reader an opportunity to process and reflect on the components of the topic within a practical scenario.
The personal stories of the origins of EBM were recently explored in a filmed oral history of some of the individuals most strongly associated with the birth of the movement see Video, Evidence-Based Medicine: An Oral History. Just 20 years after the term EBM began to be used, an early and informal history has emerged. David L. Three individuals from an earlier generation were particularly important in inspiring the people interviewed: Thomas C.
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