Evidence-Based Medicine related resources

 

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The WHO Reproductive Health Library (RHL) aims to promote the use of knowledge supported by the best available evidence. Randomized controlled trials, and syntheses of their findings through systematic reviews are the gold standard for generating the most reliable evidence, especially for clinical practice. This RHL page includes methodological and education resources that readers may find useful in augmenting their understanding of the concepts and discussions related to the generation of best evidence.


Methodological resources

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The Lancet

  • Lancet series on treating individuals
    Five Lancet articles discussing the applicability of trials results for individuals. These articles cover the determinants of external validity, subgroup analysis and treatment based on individual risk, including targeting interventions at individuals most likely to benefit.
  • Lancet Epidemiological series
    Five Lancet articles introducing clinicians to key methodological aspects of randomized controlled trials, including random sequence generation, concealment of allocation, blinding and sampling.

Educational resources

Training course

This is an e-learning tool developed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). It consists of e-tutorials covering a broad learning programme in obstetrics and gynaecology. Through RHL, health care workers from developing countries have free-of-charge access to the StratOG.net e-tutorial on 'Assessing evidence'.

  • The James Lind Library
    This is a web collection of essays and several other relevant material about the history of treatment tests, including key passages and images from manuscripts, books and journal articles. It aims to help people understand the assessment of treatment effectiveness in health care.
  • Discovering the need for randomized controlled trials in obstetrics: a personal odyssey
    Personal reflections by Professor David Grimes on his obstetrics and gynaecology career published in The James Lind Library.
  • Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Health Care
    Aimed at both patients and professionals, Testing Treatments builds a lively and thought provoking argument for better, more reliable, more relevant research, with unbiased or ‘fair’ trials, and explains how patients can work with doctors to achieve this vital goal. The whole book can be downloaded from the James Lind Library without cost in original English and Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.
  • StratOG.net
    This is an e-learning tool developed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). It consists of e-tutorials covering a broad learning programme in obstetrics and gynaecology. Through RHL, health care workers from developing countries have free-of-charge access to the StratOG.net e-tutorial on 'Assessing evidence'.
  • Articles on Research synthesis
    RHL articles on research synthesis This is a collection of articles on methodological aspects of systematic reviews and trials. It also discusses the role of evidence-based care as a strategy for improving reproductive health in developing countries.
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