How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine

How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine
5th Ed.
2014 © Wiley-Blackwell | BMJ Books, A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication
Trisha Greenhalgh
ISBN-10: 1-1188-0096-6 / ISBN-13: 978-1-1188-0096-6
Health Education, Evidence Based Medicine


The best-selling introduction to evidence-based medicine

In a clear and engaging style, How to Read a Paper demystifies evidence-based medicine and explains how to critically appraise published research and also put the findings into practice.

An ideal introduction to evidence-based medicine, How to Read a Paper explains what to look for in different types of papers and how best to evaluate the literature and then implement the findings in an evidence-based, patient-centred way. Helpful checklist summaries of the key points in each chapter provide a useful framework for applying the principles of evidence-based medicine in everyday practice.

This fifth edition has been fully updated with new examples and references to reflect recent developments and current practice. It also includes two new chapters on applying evidence-based medicine with patients and on the common criticisms of evidence-based medicine and responses.

How to Read a Paper is a standard text for medical and nursing schools as well as a friendly guide for everyone wanting to teach or learn the basics of evidence-based medicine.

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Specialty Score: 2.73 Health Sciences - Medical Education & Informatics
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"This book adds much to the evidence-based practice debates. After discussing the mechanics of the evidence, it analyzes why it is difficult to change practice habits and how to address these issues. This is a valuable book for every academic library."

-- Vincent Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) - Doody's Review

"This title accomplishes efficiently what many similar books cannot. The author offers a practical, readable summary of the principles of evidence-based medicine for practicing physicians and physicians-in-training."

-- Martha Carvour, MD, PhD (University of Iowa College of Public Health) Doody's Review - previous edition


While the preface offers the book to everyone, the principal audience is clinicians faced with the overwhelming volume of published medical literature who want to be able to differentiate which studies are worthwhile and should change an aspect of their practice. The analysis of where medical practice is and where it needs to be headed makes this book imperative for clinicians and policymakers, medical leadership and academics alike.

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