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1 Why read papers at all?.2 Searching the literature.3 Getting your bearings: what is this paper about?.4 Assessing methodological quality.5 Statistics for the non-statistician.6 Papers that report drug trials.7 Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests.8 Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses).9 Papers that tell you what to do (guidelines).10 Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses).11 Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research).12 Papers that report questionnaire research.13 Getting evidence into practice..Appendix 1 Checklists for finding, appraising and implementing evidence.Appendix 2 Assessing the effects of an intervention..Index

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Trisha Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Health Care at University College, London and a practising GP. Her main areas of interest are - Web based teaching and learning, especially for health care professionals - Evidence based health care and quality improvement, especially in relation to multiprofessional and interdisciplinary working - Health service management, especially organisation, delivery and evaluation of diabetes services in primary care - Use of personal narrative to explore the patient's perspective and illness experience, especially in relation to diabetes in minority ethnic groups


"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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