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Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, Second Edition (Jama & Archives Journals)

Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, Second Edition (Jama & Archives Journals)
Author: Gordon Guyatt - Drummond Rennie - Maureen Meade -
ISBN 13: 9780071590389
ISBN 10: 71590382
Edition: 2
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Publication Date: 2008-06-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 380
List Price: $56.00

The “essential” companion to the landmark Users' Guides to the Medical Literature - completely revised and updated!


"This second edition is even better than the original. Information is easier to find and the additional resources that will be available at www.JAMAevidence.com will provide readers with a one-stop source for evidence-based medicine."—Doody's Review Service

Evidence-based medicine involves the careful interpretation of medical studies and its clinical application. And no resource helps you do it better-and faster-than Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice.

This streamlined reference distills the most clinically-relevant coverage from the parent Users' Guide Manual into one highly-focused, portable resource. Praised for its clear explanations of detailed statistical and mathematical principles, The Essentials concisely covers all the basic concepts of evidence-based medicine—everything you need to deliver optimal patient care.

It's a perfect at-a-glance source for busy clinicians and students, helping you distinguish between solid medical evidence and poor medical evidence, tailor evidence-based medicine for each patient, and much more. Now in its second edition, this carry-along quick reference is more clinically relevant—and more essential—than ever!


  • Completely revised and updated with all new coverage of the basic issues in evidence-based medicine in patient care
  • Abundant real-world examples drawn from the medical literature are woven throughout, and include important related principles and pitfalls in using clinical research in patient care decisions
  • Edited by over 60 internationally recognized editors and contributors from around the globe
  • Also look for JAMAevidence.com, a new interactive database for the best practice of evidence based medicine.

Doody Review Services

Reviewer:Donald R. Frey, MD(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description:This concise manual is a compilation of a series of groundbreaking articles, published first in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and later in JAMA dealing with ways in which busy clinicians can critically evaluate the medical literature and quickly translate new information into practice. Updated with new studies, the manual presents this information in a single seamless text.
Purpose:The book seeks to guide clinicians in the use of evidence-based principles to critically evalute the medical literature, and translate new information into daily practice. The book succeeds in presenting this vital information in an easy to read, user-friendly fashion.
Audience:Written primarily for practicing physicians, the book will also be useful to students and residents who are trying to translate their journal reading into a mode they can continue once they are in active practices. The lead author is a noted JAMA editor, and the multiple contributors represent a cross-section of the world's medical scholars.
Features:The book presents a systematic approach to evaluating the medical literature. The importance of critical appraisal is stressed, with issues such as test bias, validity, and errors underscored. At the conclusion of each key point, the concept of how the particular issue is relevant to day-to-day practice is addressed. At the conclusion of the book, an extensive and very well done glossary of common research terms is included, which is very useful.
Assessment:This concise manual packs an impressive amount of information on evidence-based medicine and practical literature review into relatively few pages. Many clinicans would easily be able to peruse the book -- and find much useful information -- in a single sitting. Yet the book also serves as a useful reference on evidence-based clinical practice as well. Busy clinicians who yearn to better understand the world of research outcomes -- that is to say, most of us -- will find this book practical, useful, and very enlightening.