In this work, Trisha Greenhalgh provides the basics of evidence based medicine: how to find a medical research paper, assess it for its scientific validity, and where relevant, put the findings into practice.
Contents; Foreword to the first edition; Preface; Preface to the first edition: Do you need to read this book?; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Why read papers at all?; Chapter 2: Searching the literature; Chapter 3: Getting your bearings (what is this paper about?); Chapter 4: Assessing methodological quality; Chapter 5: Statistics for the non-statistician; Chapter 6: Papers that report drug trials; Chapter 7: Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests; Chapter 8: Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses)
Chapter 9: Papers that tell you what to do (guidelines)Chapter 10: Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses); Chapter 11: Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research); Chapter 12: Implementing evidence based findings; Appendix 1: Checklists for finding, appraising, and implementing evidence; Appendix 2: Evidence based quality filters for everyday use; Appendix 3: Maximally sensitive search strings (to be used mainly for research); Appendix 4: Assessing the effects of an intervention; Index