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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: 14.2 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,104 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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How to Read a Paper is one of the bestselling texts on evidence–based medicine, used by health care professionals and medical students worldwide. Trisha Greenhalgh’s ability to explain the basics of evidence–based medicine in an accessible and readable way means the book is an ideal introduction for all, from first year students to experienced practitioners.

This is a text that explains the meaning of critical appraisal and terms such as ′numbers needed to treat′, ′how to search the literature′, ′evaluate the different types of papers′ and ′put the conclusions to clinical use′.

This third edition places more emphasis on patient perspectives, contains increased coverage of qualitative research in evidence–based medicine and also includes new information on literature sources and search mechanisms.


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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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5 of 5 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 Sep 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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Am really pleased I purchased this book. It is simple,straightforward and easy to read if you need to learn basics of evidence- based medicine. Good at guiding you through medical literature and its comprehension.
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By Elizabeth McNeill on 14 July 2014
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