Cochrane – A sinking ship?

  By Maryanne Demasi, PhD A scandal has erupted within the Cochrane Collaboration, the world’s most  prestigious scientific organisation devoted to independent reviews of health care interventions.  One of its highest profile board members has been sacked, resulting in four other board members staging a mass exodus. They are protesting, what they describe as, the […]

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Weight loss drugs effects on CVD remains unproven.

  Approved weight-loss medications have only modest effects on cardiovascular risk. Igho Onakpoya One rationale for the development and marketing of weight loss drugs is that their use will improve cardiac risk factors. In a recent systematic review and network meta-analysis [1]  of 28 randomised controlled trials (29,018 participants), the authors concluded that the effects […]

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What makes a systematic review “complex”?

  Originally published on BMJ Opinion Kamal R Mahtani, Tom Jefferson, and Carl Heneghan discuss:  What makes a systematic review “complex”? Systematic reviews involve systematically searching for all available evidence, appraising the quality of the included studies, and synthesising the evidence into a useable form. They contribute to the pool of best available evidence, translating […]

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EBM library: Systematic reviews to support humanitarian medicine

The EBM library signposts some essential reading for the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine. In this part of the library, we highlight the role of systematic reviews in humanitarian medicine. Kamal Mahtani Systematic reviews have made significant contributions to the pool of best available evidence in healthcare. In a previous post, I explored the importance of […]

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EBM library: Systematic reviews in policymaking – part 2

  The EBM library signposts some essential reading for the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine. In this part of the library, we highlight papers that reflect the role of systematic reviews in policymaking. Kamal Mahtani In part 1 of this series two papers highlighted why systematic reviews are important in policymaking, and some challenges this may bring. In […]

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