Bandolier's Little Book of Making Sense of the Medical Evidence

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This book is a simple yet essential guide for people who wish to make sense of evidence in a health-care setting, and who want to avoid being misled by faulty evidence. Its origins lie in lectures for medical students, health-care professionals from a variety of settings, and journalists. It provides practical guidelines on how to make sense of and interpret the evidence that is available, with information on how to avoid straying beyond evidence into conjecture, supposition, and wishful thinking. It covers size, trial design, harm as well as benefit, and health economics and management evidence.

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Dr Andrew Moore was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, as a biochemist, and has worked in the NHS, in industry, and in acadaemia.
For 10 years he has been editor of the EBM bulletin Bandolier, and oversees its large and successful Internet site, which now has up to three million visits each week. He has worked in pain research for a quarter of a century.
Andrew's main research interests involve methods of systematic review and meta-analysis, and he us involved with many systematic reviews as well as helping develop new and better understanding. He is the author of over 350 scientific papers, and about 100 papers on EBM. Professor Henry McQuay's research interests have included bench studies of analgesics, primary clinical trials of analgesic interventions and latterly using systematic review techniques to work out a relatively efficacy and safety of analgesics. He has published many articles and books about pain matters.

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...definitely recommended not only to those who read medical literature, but to researchers as well...this book will be of use to medical students, trainees and specialists, and should be available in every department of anaesthesia. British Journal of Anaesthesia [The book] does exactly what it says on the tin. It is divided into seven sections...and as such it is very easy to navigate...it is well-presented with a large number of clear diagrams and graphs that serve to break up, as well as illustrate, the text...[it] enables healthcare professionals to make sense, quickly and easily, of the evidence with which they are presented...[and] it is just as accessible to anyone outside of the healthcare profession who might wish to consult it...essential for healthcare workers and medical journalists. Sense About Science The target audience is healthcare professionals wanting to use the best evidence in practice. The authors are widely known for evidence-based pain treatment...[the book] should benefit the target audience. It is a very small, compact book packed with the essential information for assessing scientific evidence. Doody's Notes

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