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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3rd Edition edition (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405139765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405139762
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trish is a GP in north London and Professor of Primary Health Care at Queen Mary University of London. Once described as "the Delia Smith of medical writing", she seeks to make complex topics accessible to the general reader and demystify jargon. Her many awards include the OBE for Services to Medicine and the Royal College of General Practitioners George Abercrombie Award for Outstanding Contrbution to the Literature of General Practice.

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"One of the greatest aspects of this book is the section relating to searching the literature and whilst we may think we may all practise this on a fairly regular basis under the assumption that we do a pretty decent job of it, this section holds the key to excelling." ( Urology News, May/June 2009)

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"This book should have equal appeal for the first year medical students and grey–haired consultants, and deserves to be widely read" Professor Sir David Weatherall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By double Nespresso to go... on 15 Mar. 2009
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Nice straightforward review of how to systematically assess clinical papers against an evidence based standard.
Frankly most practicing clinicians will be acquainted with at least half the material covered but with revalidation upon us, a reasonably comprehensive work like this probably fills a useful niche.
Probably of greater immediate benefit to medical students, junior staff approaching interviews/PG exams and other healthcare disciplines
Sporting attempt to cover medical stats ultimately falls short but not before highlighting some salient points. Slightly tiresome fawning over the concept of evidence based medicine as a radically new paradigm in medicine that will cure all disease...
Generally a well written and useful summary/how to guide and pretty much worth the cover price
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregori Fairchild on 9 Dec. 2010
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I have used this book when writing two essays - one a critique of a research paper, another an in depth examination of rigour in research using qualitative and quantitative exemplars.

I think it is important to establish what the book is and is not. It is an excellent overview of how to read research. It is not (and at 256 pages, you shouldn't expect it to be) an in-depth guide. This book is more of a field guide to those awful, dull in-depth tomes. It gives the beginner, or the un-familiar, an excellent launching pad. I cannot sing its praises highly enough.

Too many people start research methods with a defeatist attitude. It DOES NOT have to be boring. It DOES NOT have to be irrelevant. By taking this supposedly dry subject and presenting it drily, Trisha Greenhalgh makes research critique palatable - even interesting. How? I shall tell you.

As I suggest above, the subject is approached with good humour and well-placed anecdotes. The book takes on the air of a well-told story rather than acadaemia. Take her approach to evidence and marketing:

"This chapter is about evaluating evidence from clinical trials, and most of that evidence is about drugs. If you are a clinical doctor, nurse practitioner or pharmacist, the pharmaceutical industry is interested in you, and spends a proportion of its multi-million pound annual advertising budget trying to influence you. Even if you are a mere patient, the industry can now target you directly through direct-to-consumer-advertising."

Or on the problem of slow adoption of evidence-based practice by health professionals:

"Health professionals' failure to practice in accordance with the best available evidence cannot be attributed entirely to ignorance or stubborn-ness.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By CM AK Bentley on 11 Mar. 2005
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this book is essential for anyone trying to understand technical journal articles for work or for study. its short, sharp and simple even for statistics and even has room for humour!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By s ward on 14 May 2008
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This is the second time I have bought this book. I lent it to a friend and never got it back. I have found it invaluable for my MSc and my friend found it a great help for her BSc (obviously!). I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to be able to critically appraise medical literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Chugg on 12 Jan. 2011
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Really useful book for getting up to speed on reading research critically, also good for planning a research project - helps to know how to be critical and put the 'right' things into yoru proposal and research
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Donnelly on 30 Sept. 2009
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Getting back into studying while working, I found this a really primer for more detailed texts i needed to read.
The chapters are brief, logical and independent enough that you can skip chapters that aren't relevant to your interests.
Highly recommended for anyone who needs a quick guide to critical evaluation of the scientific literature.
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I still have trouble with reading books on a computer screen, and the electronic copy to which I had access was just sitting on my computer. I'm very glad that Ben Goldacre recommended this book so highly in his book "Bad Science".

I'm not new to reading papers, and thought I was quite good. This book has really taken my ability to read a paper up a notch. Trisha explains clearly what questions to ask, how to calculate from the data features of the studies, and why all that is so important.

This book follows me from table to computer as I read papers and critically evaluate data. Highly recommended if you are interested in asking evidence based questions and evaluating the literature yourself.
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By juliette on 2 Mar. 2014
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This book is essential reading for my current research module and I have to say it is a book to keep in your personal library everything you want to know about how to read papers is in this publication. Don't waste time trying to borrow it just buy it. It is written in a very personal way as if the writer is just having a chat with you this approach removes the fear associated with research and encourages you to read further and understand concepts.
Also combine this book with nursing research by Parahoo and you will by sure to pass your research class.
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