This new handbook digests and presents the key trials influencing current clinical practice, selected and summarised by figureheads in the medical and surgical specialties. The handbook format allows readers to quickly access and assimilate the evidence behind the practices and interventions experienced every day.
The Oxford Handbook of Key Clinical Evidence provides an alternative to the burgeoning repositories of trial data for students, trainees and researchers looking for the key evidence affecting medical practice. Recognising the growing importance of evidence-based medicine (EBM) to both the study and practice of medicine and surgery, the editors have aimed to provide a quick-reference text that presents the key data, facts, and evidence informing medical and surgical practice. Introductory chapters give the 'uninitiated' reader a firm footing in the history of EBM and its current importance within medical science. Readers are introduced to the statistical methods and tools needed to critically analyse trial data, providing a key for the terms and statistical methods encountered in the book and within clinical research as a whole. Leading figures in the major specialties have selected and summarised the most important modern trials, creating a two-page format for each study which distils the key information.; Highlighted boxes identify the study type and evidence-level attained, while analysis of the key message and impacts of the trial firmly place the evidence into a practical setting for the reader. Key study features and results are examined, while the difficulties or problems associated with the trials are outlined. This is essential reading for everyone with an interest in the fundamental evidence underpinning modern practice.
The history of evidence-based medicine (EBM); An introduction to EBM; Cardiology; Dermatology; Diabetes; Emergency medicine; Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Genitourinary medicine; Geriatric medicine; Haematology; HIV/AIDS; Infectious diseases / tropical medicine; Neurology; Psychiatry; Renal; Respiratory; Rheumatology; Anaesthetics and intensive care; Breast surgery; Cardiothoracic surgery; Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery; Intensive care; Neurosurgery; Obstetrics and gynaecology; Ophthalmology; Otorhinolaryngology; Plastic and reconstructive surgery; Transplantation; Trauma and orthopaedics; Urology; Vascular surgery