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

How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine
6th Ed.
2019 © Wiley-Blackwell | BMJ Books, A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication
Trisha Greenhalgh
ISBN-13: 978-1-119-48474-5
Health Education, Basic Sciences, Evidence Based Medicine, Nursing Education, Research


Required reading in many medical and healthcare institutions, How to Read a Paper is a clear and wide-ranging introduction to evidence-based medicine and healthcare, helping readers to understand its central principles, critically evaluate published data, and implement the results in practical settings. Author Trisha Greenhalgh guides readers through each fundamental step of the inquiry, from searching the literature to assessing methodological quality and appraising statistics.

How to Read a Paper addresses the common criticisms of evidence-based healthcare, dispelling many of its myths and misconceptions while providing a pragmatic framework for testing the validity of healthcare literature. Now in its sixth edition, this informative text includes new and expanded discussions of study bias, political interference in published reports, medical statistics, big data and more.

  • • Offers user-friendly guidance on evidence-based healthcare that is applicable to both experienced and novice readers
  • • Authored by an internationally recognized practitioner and researcher in evidence-based healthcare and primary care
  • • Includes updated references, additional figures, improved checklists and more

How to Read a Paper is an ideal resource for healthcare students, practitioners and anyone seeking an accessible introduction to evidence-based healthcare.

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Specialty Score: 3 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 - previous edition

"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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