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Seeing the forest for the trees—finding and using the evidence 

Seeing the forest for the trees—finding and using the evidence
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Seeing the forest for the trees—finding and using the evidence
Author(s):

J. Frank

, R. Jepson

, and A. J. Williams

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198725862.003.0004
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date: 27 October 2020

There is a huge number of research papers published each year, and it is difficult to decide which are most useful and reliable, even if one can find those that relate to a specific research question of interest. This chapter provides guidance on finding the sources, and types of information that are most useful and reliable in the area of preventive medicine. It especially focuses on how to assess the quality of any structured review of all extant primary studies of an intervention’s effectiveness. It ends with some useful resources for finding and quality-assuring structured reviews, particularly of the effectiveness of a particular preventive measure.

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