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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53
 

Fundamentals of evidence - based medicine:Basic concepts in easy language


Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum - 695011, India

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Sanjeev V Thomas
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum - 695011
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.22826

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Thomas SV. Fundamentals of evidence - based medicine:Basic concepts in easy language. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2006;9:53

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Thomas SV. Fundamentals of evidence - based medicine:Basic concepts in easy language. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2006 [cited 2020 Dec 5];9:53. Available from: https://www.annalsofian.org/text.asp?2006/9/1/53/22826


Practice of medicine is a science and an art. Medical practitioners are occasionally considered next to God by many people. Off late, there is an increasing trend to question the decisions of doctors. Progress in science and technology has influenced medicine much more than probably many other disciplines. There is always a dilemma for the medical practitioners as to what they should imbibe from these progress in to their practice. The doctors have a responsibility to provide quality care without prejudice. Dr. Kameshwar Prasad had set out to guide the reader in this direction. This is a concise text that discusses the principles of evidence based practice of Medicine. The author has successfully elucidated the need for evidence based Medicine. The book is arranged in to 12 chapters. The scope of evidence based medicine is discussed in the first chapter. Chapter three to five deal with critical appraisal of a paper dealing with therapy. The author has used interesting and simple examples from day to day practice to clarify concepts of sampling, randomization, intention to treat analysis etc. The chapter on critical appraisal of therapy paper has explained clearly the differences between absolute and relative risk, number needed to treat etc. The next three chapters deal with interpretation of research papers dealing with diagnostic studies. The last four chapters discuss the principles of systematic review, meta-analysis and grading of evidence. There are three papers on critical appraisal, given as appendix at the end, one each on therapy, diagnosis and meta-analysis.

The author has used common clinical issues and questions to explain the complex statistical principles that often elude uninitiated clinicians. The book is well written and the printing format is attractive. The book will be of considerable use to post graduate medical students and practitioners who desire to seriously approach medical literature[Table - 1].


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