132855 - AJGP Clinical Challenge June 2018: Evidence-based medicine
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To provide guidance for the general practitioner on evaluating research evidence and educational materialsRelevance to General Practice
Clinical practice is now guided by evidence of benefits and harms. However, it is essential to evaluate the quality and validity of evidence, as a number of factors, such as conflicts of interest and flawed research methodology, can contribute to bias and lead to misinformation.1–6 GPs need to evaluate information they receive and recognise potential sources of bias and error, to ensure that they provide sound recommendations for their patients. In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) evaluates the safety and efficacy of medicines, but does not make recommendations about the one product over another.7 Cochrane reviews provide analyses of research findings on a variety of clinical questions, but these reviews can be difficult to navigate.8
The June issue of AJGP provides guidance for GPs, to assist them in evaluating research evidence and recognising potential sources of bias and error.
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