Performance of rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 in children

Blog entry written on: Diagnostic accuracy of rapid point-of-care tests for diagnosis of current SARS-CoV-2 infections in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis, (bmjebm-2021-111828). Authors: Naomi Fujita-Rohwerder, Lars Beckmann, Yvonne Zens, Arpana Verma Performance of rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 in children There is no doubt that diagnostic testing represents an essential cornerstone of the global […]

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Coroners and Covid: Preventable deaths from SARS-CoV-2

Blog entry written on: Preventable deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in England and Wales: a systematic case series of coroners’ reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, (bmjebm-2021-111834)’ Authors: Bethan Swift, Carl Heneghan, Jeffrey Aronson, David Howard and Georgia C Richards. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on us all. In 2022, the UK government will launch […]

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Put evidence production and communication at the forefront of pandemic preparedness, Cochrane Convenes report urges

The COVID-19 pandemic, now entering its third year, has created an unprecedented focus on health evidence for people working in governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations as well as members of the public. The emergence of Omicron only reinforced the need for timely evidence as decision makers across the globe scrambled to guide healthcare services and […]

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Age Charts to Assess Kidney Function

Blog entry written on: Kidney trajectory charts to assist general practitioners in the assessment of patients with reduced kidney function: a randomised vignette study, (bmjebm-2021-111767) Authors: Michelle Guppy, Paul Glasziou, Elaine Beller, Richard Flavel, Jonathan E Shaw, Elizabeth Barr, Jenny Doust. It’s time to incorporate age into the chronic kidney disease guidelines to better categorise […]

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Economic evaluation of DOACs vs VKAs highlights the disparity between high-income countries versus those with lower economic status.

Blog entry written on: ‘Economic evaluation of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) versus vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, (bmjebm-2020-111634)’. Authors: Sitaporn Youngkong, Surakit Nathisuwan, Rini Noviyani, Bhavani Shankara Bagepally, Usa Chaikledkaew, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, Gareth J. McKay, Piyamitr Sritara, John Attia, Ammarin Thakkinstian. In this […]

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Are physiotherapists on guard to spot spin?

Blog entry written on: Effect of spin in the abstract of a randomised controlled trial on physiotherapists’ perception of treatment benefit: a randomised controlled trial (bmjebm-2021-111714). Authors: Heppy Khanpara, V Prakash Researchers are passionate about the research they conduct. A lot of time, effort and money is spent developing and testing an experimental intervention. Results of […]

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Should combination LABA/ICS inhalers be first line in mild asthma?

Blog entry written on: Combination fixed‐dose beta agonist and steroid inhaler as required for adults or children with mild asthma: a Cochrane Systematic Review, (bmjebm-2021-111764)’ Authors: Iain Crossingham, Sally Turner, Sanjay Ramakrishnan, Anastasia Fries, Matthew Gowell, Farhat Yasmin, Rebekah Richardson, Philip Webb, Emily O’Boyle,Timothy Stopford Christopher Hinks. Blog entry written on: Combination fixed‐dose beta agonist […]

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Navigating the COVID-19 infodemic – can we do better?

Blog entry written on: Characteristics, quality and volume of the first 5 months of the COVID-19 evidence synthesis infodemic: a meta-research study (bmjebm-2021-111710.R1). Authors: Rebecca Abbott, Alison Bethel, Morwenna Rogers, Rebecca Whear, Noreen Orr, Liz Shaw, Ken Stein, Jo Thompson Coon Since the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, […]

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Quality of systematic reviews underpinning recommendations in hypertension guidelines.

Blog entry written on: Quality of systematic reviews supporting the 2017 ACC/AHA and 2018 ESC/ESH guidelines for the management of hypertension, (bmjebm-2021-111675.R1). Authors: Raju Kanukula, Rupasvi Dhurjati, Vidyasagar Kota, Nusrath Rehana, Talari Arun, Abdul Salam, Anthony Rodgers, Matthew J Page. Systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analyses (MAs) play a crucial role in informing clinical practice guidelines, […]

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Missing Data? – Only Half of Depression Treatment Studies in the U.S. Report Their Results

Blog entry written on: Transparency of Results Reporting for Depression Treatment Studies in ClinicalTrials.gov: A Cross-Sectional Study, (bmjebm-2020-111641.R2) Authors: Karen B Schmaling, Hailey S Landon, Tiffany B Nguyen, Robert M Kaplan Depression is a common condition that is treated by psychotherapies, medications, and procedures. A comprehensive picture of how well these treatments work — based […]

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