How to Read a Paper, 5th Edition

ISBN: 9781118801093

An ideal introduction to evidence-based medicine, How to Read a Paper, 5th Edition 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.


  • Fully updated with new examples and references to reflect recent developments and current practice.
  • Includes two new chapters on applying evidence-based medicine with patients and on the common criticisms of evidence-based medicine and responses.
Trisha Greenhalgh OBE, FRCGP, FRCP, Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK.
1. Why read papers at all?
2. Searching the literature
3. Getting your bearings: what is this paper about?
4. Assessing methodological quality
5. Statistics for the non-statistician
6. Papers that report trials of drug treatments and other simple interventions
7. Papers that report trials of complex interventions
8. Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests
9. Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses)
10. Papers that tell you what to do (guidelines)
11. Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses)
12. Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research)
13. Papers that report questionnaire research
14. Papers that report quality improvement case studies
15. Getting evidence into practice
16. Applying evidence with patients
17. Criticisms of evidence-based medicine
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