HOW TO READ A PAPER
Since 19 July BMJ ( http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/ ) has been publishing a series (in all 10) articles written by Trisha Greenhalgh to introduce to non-experts to finding medical articles and assessing their value. The articles in this series are excerpts from How to read a paper: the basics of evidence based medicine.
I have included the links to the first 9 articles, the tenth article will be included when it is available (only to those assessing these articles through the Internet). The articles begin with
In the most recent article published (at the time of writing) in BMJ No 7109 Vol 315, Sat 13 September 1997 ( http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/content/vol315/issue7109/ ) includes a pot-pourri of materials that deal with research methodology of meta-analysis. This includes
The most interesting of these articles is the one titled "An amnesty for unpublished trials". It has been stated that this month over 100 medical journals around the world are inviting readers to send information on unpublished trials. It is urged that all investigators with unreported trial data to register their trials by returning a photocopy of the registration form shown at http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/archive/7109/7109fm.htm . We would like to register any unreported controlled trial, including trials that have only been published as an abstract. So all you over-worked researches use this opportunity to register your completed unreported/unpublished trials while you still can. For more information access the above site or get the BMJ issue.
Recently we had two women who passed away, both of whom will be sadly missed by many. Here are some links where you may express your condolence or read about their contribution to our world.
Princess Diana Queen of Hearts
Mother Theresa Saint of the Gutters
Till next month, Happy Surfing.
Dr.M.Vadivale (firstname.lastname@example.org) Cyberdoc
The links to the URL mentioned above are valid at the time of writing this article (16/09/1997). This page can be accessed at http://www.vadscorner.com/internet6.html or at http://www.vadscorner.com/mma_internet.html.
Links last updated 20 April 2005