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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 materials

Relevance 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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Learning outcomes
  • Use the most reliable sources of unbiased information to evaluate the risks and benefits of new medicines
  • Navigate the Cochrane Library and Cochrane reviews to find the information required to guide evidence-based decision making with patients
  • Identify bias in research and education funded by for-profit organisations
  • Outline strategies to avoid being influenced by information that may be biased

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