How can you be confident about the scientific soundness of what you read ? It is important to read publications critically, and access the levels of evidence behind the papers findings. In addition, there is a growing amount of medical information on the
Internet, much of which is not peer-reviewed.
- Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (Oxford, UK) NHS Research and Development. The site includes details of the centre, teaching materials, and links to related information.
- Cochrane Collaboration The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation involved in preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in all areas of health care. The site includes details of Cochrane centres, review groups, etc.
- The Cochrane Reviewer's Handbook includes details on the format of a Cochrane Review, developing a protocol, locating / selecting studies, analysing and presenting results etc. Meta-analysis
- Levels of evidence: explanation in therapeutics studies (CancerNet) A ranking system to judge a) the strength of study design, and b) the strength of study end-points.
- Rating Health Information on the Internet - Navigating to Knowledge or to Babel ? (Journal of the American Medical Association, 297,611-619, 1998) Review by Alejandro Jadad and Anna Gagliardi
- Djulbegovic B, et al. The quality of medical evidence in hematology-oncology. Am J Med 1999 Feb;106(2):198-205 Related articles (PubMed)
- Medline Search: evidence based medicine (PubMed)
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