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1st Edition

Making Sense of Critical Appraisal

ISBN 9780340808122
Published August 30, 2002 by CRC Press
160 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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,

...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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