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PCR cycle threshold may be key to predicting infectiousness of people with asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic COVID-19, suggests new review.


An international team of researchers, led from Centre for Evidence-based Medicine based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, and funded by the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research, have today announced the findings from the most complete analysis of high-quality covid transmission studies in asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people to date.

Congratulations to Professor Rafael Perera-Salazar on the award of Turing Fellowship.

Awards and announcements Research

Director of Medical Statistics, Rafael, is one of over 30 Oxford academics from across the university to be awarded the 2021/22 fellowship from the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI.

Can electronic cigarettes help people quit smoking? (Updated)


Published this week is the fourth update of the Cochrane review of ‘Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation’, and the second since it switched to a living review format in October 2020. This review brings together the most up to date research findings on the effect and safety of using electronic cigarettes to help people to stop smoking.

MSc EBHC students awarded EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding Dissertation

Awards and announcements MSc EBHC Systematic Review MSc Evidence-Based Health Care Students

Congratulations to Michael Tringale, who recently completed the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care, and Claire Duddy, who recently completed the MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews, as they are both awarded this year's EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding dissertation.

Congratulations to MSc in EBHC student, Wei Loong Lim, on receiving this year’s Gillian Nicholls Prize.

Awards and announcements MSc Evidence-Based Health Care

The Gillian Nicholls Prize is awarded by Kellogg College, to MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care student, Wei Loong Lim, for his dissertation "The effectiveness of positive psychology interventions for promoting well-being of adults experiencing depression compared to other active psychological treatments: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials".

Clinical Prediction Rules: new short course in Health Sciences for 2022

Courses MSc EBHC Medical Statistics

Clinical Prediction Rules is a new accredited short course that will run in May 2022, and will soon be available for students who join the MSc in EBHC Medical Statistics from 2022/23.

Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network launches website


The Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network from the University of Oxford have today launched a new website, bringing together world-class evidence-based research and expertise from the cultural and heritage sector to support people's health and well-being through social prescribing.

Can electronic cigarettes can help people quit smoking?


Newly updated Cochrane evidence published today in the Cochrane Library finds that electronic cigarettes containing nicotine could increase the number of people who stop smoking compared to nicotine replacement therapy – such as chewing gum and patches – and compared to no treatment, or electronic cigarettes without nicotine. More information is needed on harms.

The Bodleian Library selects Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service for archiving

Awards and announcements

With over 10 million page views globally, the Evidence Service is now recognised as having ‘a lasting research value’ by the Oxford University Bodleian Library and worthy of permanent preservation in their web archive.

CEBM launches Open Evidence Reviews


Providing timely updates of the evidence on particular aspects of COVID-19 in real-time.

Professor Kamal R. Mahtani awarded John Fry Award

Awards and announcements

The RCGP’s award for promoting the discipline of general practice through research and publishing goes to the CEBM’s Deputy Director


What is it like to be a Researcher in Residence during a pandemic?

In this blog, Health Services Researcher, Debra Westlake, from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, explores her previous role investigating social prescribing at the University of Plymouth, Community and Primary Care Research Group where she was working as a Researcher in Residence for a health system in the southwest of England.

A best-fit approach to synthesising qualitative research: combining papers on volunteering

Senior Researcher and Departmental Lecturer, Dr Stephanie Tierney, explains how a best-fit framework synthesis was undertaken tor review papers on volunteering, as a way to support people's health and well-being.

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 associated with aircraft travel: a systematic review

Alumni, Cecilia Rosca, from Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara, Romania, shares research findings that suggest air travel may be associated with the transmission of viruses.

Hunting for evidence to understand coronavirus risks in people with diabetes

EBHC DPhil Director, Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce has lived with type 1 diabetes for 26 years. She has two small children and a black Labrador puppy, and loves nothing more than exploring the seashore with them in tow. Dr Jamie tells us about her research into coronavirus and diabetes, as shared in Diabetes UK.

Preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants: an analysis of coroner Prevention of Future Deaths reports (PFDs) questions whether lessons are being learnt

Preventing premature death is the aim of coroners’ Prevention of Future Deaths reports. But is this system really helping us to prevent such harms? Oxford medical student, Ali Anis, examined deaths involving cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants for his Final Honours Scheme (FHS) research, to assess the state of play, now published in BJGP Open.