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Narinder Kaur Gosall , Gurpal Singh Gosall
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3 Feb 2012 1905635818 978-1905635818 3rd Revised edition
The Doctor s Guide to Critical Appraisalis a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the knowledge and skills clinicians need to appraise clinical research papers. The book teaches the reader how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of study methods, how to interpret results with confidence and how to identify which results can make a real difference to patients. The book takes a back-to-basics approach and has a uniquely logical format. Rather than simply guiding the reader through commonly used checklists, the book aims to educate the reader on understanding the essential components of a good research paper and why certain techniques are important. Every chapter focuses on a single topic, assuming no prior knowledge. Clinical scenarios, figures and exercises emphasise important principles. This book is aimed primarily at medical students and doctors in all medical specialties and of all grades. The book content covers the areas examined in postgraduate exams, including MRCGP, MRCPsych, MRCOG, FCEM, ISFE, MFPH, FPM and RANZCP.The first two editions have been used by a wide range of other healthcare professionals, including dentists, psychologists, pharmacists , nurses and researchers. The book is of value to anyone evaluating the quality of research papers, anyone starting out in research and wanting to understand the strengths and weaknesses of research papers, and anyone involved in supervising or taking part in academic journal clubs. The content list includes: Formulating a research question; search strategies; journals and articles; study designs; the research pathway; populations and samples; bias; confounding factors; inclusion and exclusion criteria; matching; randomisation; concealed allocation; the placebo effect; blinding; endpoints; validity; reliability; basic statistical terms; epidemiology; intention-to-treat analysis; risks and odds; types of data; measuring data; data distributions; categorical data; normal and non-normal data; inferring population results from samples; null hypothesis; statistical tests; non-inferiority and equivalence studies; correlation and regression; systematic reviews and meta-analyses; publication bias; interim analysis; aetiological studies; diagnostic studies; treatment studies; prognostic studies; economic studies; qualitative research; guidelines; critical thinking; presenting at a journal club; taking part in an audit meeting; working with pharmaceutical representatives. Winner of the 'Basis of Medicine' category at the BMA Book Awards 2012!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: PasTest; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905635818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905635818
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the era of evidence-based medicine and increasing patient access to medical literature it is essential that the clinician of the twenty-first century can weigh up the evidence supporting their own practice and justify their clinical decisions. Another fantastic edition of this book is very welcome Although I have not read this book from cover to cover, I have used it on a number of occasions and found it to be clear, concise and very easy to understand. This made it easy to apply to different scenarios and studies. The book includes some of the courses key themes in PP, such as study designs and basic statistics with examples using clinical scenarios. The chapters are set out in a structured and easy-toread format, with useful summary boxes at the end. I particularly like that this book assumes no prior knowledge of topic, making it very good for first years to get hold. I would definitely recommend this guide for all years sitting exams and struggling with concepts in population perspective. --Adam Feather, Consultant and Senior Medical Lecturer, London.

Winner of the 'Basis of Medicine' category at the BMA Book Awards 2012! --BMA Book Awards

This book systematically tackles the complexities of Critical Appraisal. A superb aid for the busy clinician --Rupinderbir Deol, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, East and North

About the Author

Dr Narinder Kaur Gosall, BSc (Hons) PhD. Clinical Effectiveness Consultant, Pfizer Limited. Narinder Gosall studied in Liverpool and gained a PhD in neuropathology after investigating the role of the phrenic nerve in sudden infant death syndrome and intrauterine growth retardation. After working as a university lecturer, she joined the pharmaceutical industry and currently works as a Clinical Effectiveness Consultant for Pfizer Limited. She has extensive experience in teaching critical appraisal skills to doctors and has written more than 20 scientific publications. Dr Gurpal Singh Gosall, MA (Cantab) MB BChir MRCPsych. Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist,Royal Blackburn Hospital, Lancashire. Gurpal Gosall studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, London. He worked as a Senior House Officer in Psychiatry in Leeds before working as a Specialist Registrar in the Manchester rotation. He now works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Lancashire Care NHS Trust. He has had a long-standing interest in teaching and computing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 16 Sep 2012
By Dr S. A
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This was one of the best critical appraisal books that I read. It sets out the concepts in a very relaxing style, and tells you what you need to know, especially when you're revising for exams. I bought it on the recommendation of a senior colleague, it didn't disappoint. It's also very compact, so easy to read on the train.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last an easy book to understand. 12 Jan 2014
By M S
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As a clinician, statistics is an important tool to use. The problem always has been is that statistics books are written by statisticians. I read the book, by the end, I forget it. Nothing sticks.
Yet, this book, written by clinicians, is different. IT IS EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. I am so impressed. No wonder why it won the BMA award.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super book 1 Mar 2013
By T.C
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Have the paper copy but couldn't help but get the kindle version for my ipad as its a super reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important book to have in your library 19 Feb 2013
By Amrit
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have to say this is an excellent book. It is very comprehensive- above the knowledge base of 98% of doctors but still in appropriate detail. Very readable and with good examples. A must have book for all doctors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves the BMA award!! 10 Jan 2013
By Mezeh87
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Great book. Definitely worth buying. At last- I am able to get my head round Critical appraisal/statistics.the MRCPsych Exam syllabus well covered hence a must-buy for the Psychiatric trainee preparing for the the MRCPsych paper 3 exams and even for presentation at a journal club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rcpsych Paper 3 11 April 2014
By soeva
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why didn't anyone I know recommend this book to me?
I read it from cover to cover and suddenly critical appraisal made sense and taking paper 3 wasn't so scary,plus I passed!
Not all SpRs are good teachers,even if they have the knowledge
I'm keeping this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and relevant 3 Feb 2014
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An excellent introduction to various aspects of critical appraisal. Easy to understand, well written, and to the point. A valuable tool for clinicians involved in scientific work.
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