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As a response to a low quality of reporting of medical research, guidelines for several different types of study design have been developed to secure accurate reporting and transparency for reviewers and readers from the scientific community. It is concluded that the implementation of these guidelines has led to only a moderate improvement in the quality of the reporting of medical research. There is still much work to be done to achieve accurate and transparent reporting of medical research findings.
- Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials
- Guidelines for Reporting Medical Research: A Critical Appraisal
- Critical appraisal for health
Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials
I love epidemiology! I wonder though how many readers of Occupational Medicine can say the same hand on heart. Unquestionably the writer is an expert; his prose is clear, his examples are well considered, he even tries to engage readers with helpful quizzes to test understanding. Certainly, we all ought to consider his topic area important. Coverage is very comprehensive and detailed—extending from the pros and cons of alternative study designs, through ideas on causation and statistical analysis, to problems of error, bias and confounding and exemplary thorough worked examples of critical appraisal in action six chapters worth. However, while I feel a warm personal glow picking through this pleasant landscape, its very thoroughness could present a barrier to the average jobbing occupational physician who might choose not to perform Mantel—Haenszel and log-rank tests, trust to others to calculate a confidence interval or test for heterogeneity, and pass over formulae on sample size estimation.
While the first source of bias might be prevented, and in some cases corrected to a degree, the second represents a pervasive problem afflicting the medical literature; a situation that can only be 'corrected' by a change in the mindset of authors, reviewers, and editors. This review focuses on the concepts of confounding, selection bias and information bias, utilising explanatory examples and simple rules to recognise and, when possible, to correct for them. Confounding is a mixing of effects resulting from an imbalance of some of the causes of disease across the compared groups. It can be prevented by randomization and restriction, and controlled by stratification, standardization or by using multivariable techniques. Selection bias stems from an absence of comparability among the groups being studied, while information bias arises from distorted information collection techniques. Publication bias of medical research results can invalidate evidence-based medicine, when a researcher attempting to collect all the published studies on a specific topic actually gathers only a proportion of them, usually the ones reporting 'positive' results. The selective publication of 'statistically significant' results represents a problem that researchers and readers have to be aware of in order to face the entire body of published medical evidence with a degree of scepticism.
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Guidelines for Reporting Medical Research: A Critical Appraisal
Introduction Study design Resources Tools and guides. Critical Appraisal tools - Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine University of Oxford has developed tools and downloads for the critical appraisal of medical evidence, with examples. EBM Toolkit Collection of tools for identifying, assessing and applying relevant evidence for better health care decision-making from the University of Alberta. How to use the evidence - Australian National Health and Medical Research Council PDF guide to evaluating and using evidence gathered from a systematic literature review to inform development of evidence-based clinical guidelines. International Centre for Allied Health Evidence iCAHE, University of South Australia, provides a wide range of tools, services and resources to support health practitioners, service managers, policy makers, consumer representatives and researchers translate evidence into policy and practice. PRISMA may also be useful for critical appraisal of published systematic reviews, although it is not a quality assessment instrument to gauge the quality of a systematic review.
This book presents a system of critical appraisal applicable to clinical, epidemiological and public health studies and to many other fields. It assumes no prior knowledge. The methods are relevant to students, practitioners and policymakers. The book shows how to assess if the results of one study or of many studies show a causal effect. The book discusses study designs: randomised and non-randomised trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, and surveys, showing the presentation of results including person-time and survival analysis, and issues in the selection of subjects. The system shows how to describe a study, how to detect and assess selection biases, observation bias, confounding, and chance variation, and how to assess internal validity and external validity generalisability. Statistical methods are presented assuming no previous knowledge, and showing applications to each study design.
Critical appraisal for health
This book presents a logical system of critical appraisal, and facilitates studies to be evaluated and carried out effectively. This system emphasizes the central importance of cause and effect relationships. Its great strength is that it is applicable to a wide range of issues, and both to intervention trials and observational studies. This system unifies the often different approaches used in epidemiology, health services research, clinical trials, and evidence-based medicine, starting from a logical consideration of cause and effect.
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