EBM library: Systematic reviews to support humanitarian medicine

The EBM library signposts some essential reading for the practice of Evidence Based Medicine. In this part of the library we highlight the role of systematic reviews in humanitarian medicine. Systematic reviews have made significant contributions to the pool of best available evidence in healthcare. In a previous post, we explored the importance of systematic … More EBM library: Systematic reviews to support humanitarian medicine

EBM library: Systematic reviews in policymaking – part 2

The EBM library signposts some essential reading for the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine. In this part of the library, we highlight papers that reflect the role of systematic reviews in policymaking. In part 1 of this series two papers highlighted why systematic reviews are important in policymaking, and some challenges this may bring. In this second part, we … More EBM library: Systematic reviews in policymaking – part 2

EBM Library – Systematic reviews in policymaking: part 1

The EBM library signposts some essential reading for the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine. In this part of the library, we highlight papers that reflect the role of systematic reviews in policymaking. One of the purposes of conducting systematic reviews is to provide accessible evidence to inform clinical decisions. In healthcare, they may target patients, clinicians, … More EBM Library – Systematic reviews in policymaking: part 1

Using systematic reviews to reduce research waste—who really cares?

The global spend on biomedical research and development is estimated to be about $250 billion (£203 bn; €233 bn) each year—a not insignificant figure. In fact, it roughly equates to the amount that the UK government spends each year on its combined education, defence, and welfare budget. But suppose you heard that the UK government’s … More Using systematic reviews to reduce research waste—who really cares?

A CRASH course on the importance of systematic reviews in healthcare

“The notion of systematic review – looking at the totality of evidence – is quietly one of the most important innovations in medicine over the past 30 years.” – Ben Goldacre, 2011 What would make someone speak so highly of this type of research? Let us answer that by considering a case study, which itself … More A CRASH course on the importance of systematic reviews in healthcare

NIHR Adding Value in Research: ensuring that all new primary research is set in the context of a review of existing knowledge

As part of the “NIHR at 10” celebrations, I’ve been working with with some of the team from the NIHR Research on Research programme on updating the Adding Value in Research initiatives. Specifically: “Pillar 2: Appropriate Research Design, Conduct And Analysis”. The second way to add value in research is to ensure that new research is … More NIHR Adding Value in Research: ensuring that all new primary research is set in the context of a review of existing knowledge

All health researchers should begin their training by preparing at least one systematic review

This is the pre publication script (version 2) of an article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (version 3) One of the founding principles of evidence based medicine is to use the best available evidence to inform decisions made by patients and clinicians.[1] Systematic reviews have made significant contributions to the … More All health researchers should begin their training by preparing at least one systematic review

Utilising systematic reviews: is another trial necessary or ethical?

You don’t have to look too far to see the benefits of systematic reviews and their summary results. The well known Cochrane logo depicts a real example, highlighting the value of systematically pooling data for meta-analysis and in this case demonstrating the clear benefit of corticosteroids in accelerating lung maturation in preterm babies. Systematic reviews … More Utilising systematic reviews: is another trial necessary or ethical?