1st Edition

Making Sense of Critical Appraisal

By Olajide Ajetunmobi Copyright 2002
    224 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    224 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Making Sense of Critical Appraisal provides all the necessary information on how to read and understand medical research publications critically and to decide whether the contents of such publications are clinically useful in the care of patients.

    Illustrated throughout with medically relevant examples, this text covers all aspects of study design and clinical audit to give a clear framework for critical reading.

    Basic stats
    Relevant study design issues
    Critical appraisal of studies on screening on diagnostic tests
    Critical appraisal of cross-sectional surveys
    Critical appraisal of prospective studies
    Critical appraisal of retrospective studies
    Critical appraisal of randomised clinical trials
    Handling survival time data
    Critical appraisal of systematic reviews
    Critical appraisal of clinical audit
    Critical appraisal of economic evaluations
    Critical appraisal of qualitative studies


    Olajide Ajetunmobi MB BS MRCPsych is a Consultant in Psychiatry, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool, UK

    This is an important contribution to the field of evidence-based medicine. It is a well written, easy to understand, follow, and use, small handbook that I plan to keep in my pocket whenever reading medical literature from now on. It is specifically designed to assist non-statistician readers work through the maze of analysis reported in clinical medicine. It is well organised and flows from basic concepts to specific areas.
    Cathy J Lazarus, MD Tulane University School of Me

    A very good book for critical appraisal. Easy to read with loads of funny examples...well worth it.
    Customer review, Amazon.com

    ...provides guidance on how to understand medical research publications, read them critically, and how to decide whether the content is clinically useful in the care of patients. Illustrated throughout with relevant examples.
    Towers Hospital, Leicester

    Compact, yet containing all the statistical terms and concepts that you're ever likely to need, this book represents good value for money and can be recommended to all clinicians who require a firm grounding in this important subject
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