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Evidence-based thinking and why it matters. Views expressed represent the views of the author and not necessarily those of CEBM as a group.

This Is Oxford: moving the EBHC MSc Systematic Reviews modules online

Professor Mike Clarke, shares his teaching experience, having moved the EBHC MSc Systematic Reviews modules online this term.

High-dose opioids: five factors that increase the risk of harm

DPhil student Georgia Richards argues why it’s time for doctors to rethink the prescribing of high-dose opioids for people with chronic pain.

Coronavirus and diabetes: the different risks for people with type 1 and type 2

People with type 1 diabetes are approximately 3.5 times as likely to die in hospital with COVID-19, while people with type 2 are approximately twice as likely, but why is this, and what can be done to reduce this risk?

Nicotine therapy for coronavirus: the evidence is weak and contradictory

We are unlikely to know whether nicotine replacement has a role in COVID-19 any time soon. For now, nicotine supplies must be preserved for the people who need them.

Ranin Soliman: evidence resonates with qualitative research

Ranin Soliman, DPhil Student in EBHC, describes her experience of the qualitative research methods module.

What does effective leadership mean to YOU?

Recent world events have highlighted leadership in a variety of ways. For some, it has been an opportunity to excel by applying the right characteristics at the right time and in the right way. Others have been less successful in how their leadership has been perceived.

PGCert Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care Update

PgCert Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care Course Director, Dr David Nunan, reflects on the first year of the course, and maintaining delivery during the pandemic.

PaT Plot tool for randomised trials

This page is about PaT Plot, a software tool for creating graphic depictions of randomised trials.

PGCert in TEBHC: thoughts from a current student

Paediatrician Veerle Langenhorst gathers some thoughts about his current PGCert in TEBHC experience.

PGDip in Health Research: Reflections on 10 years

Denise reflects on the creation of the PGDip in Health Research and its impact over the last ten years.

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods: student experience

Academic Clinical Fellow in Palliative Medicine, Dr Joe Sawyer, reflects on his experience of our Advanced Qualitative Research Methods module.

The rise and rise of realist reviews?

Realist reviews are becoming an increasing popular approach to synthesising evidence about complex interventions. Whilst Geoff welcomes this increase, he raises challenges that such popularity might bring

'Rejection is part of the process'

Rejection is part of the process: Turning your dissertation into an academic paper

Why you should take part in a DPhil in EBHC seminar

Jong-Wook Ban and Paul Dijkstra, DPhil EBHC students

Numbers don't count - methods do

Why we need to reshape critical appraisal and develop tools that allow differentiated evaluations of the myriad of qualitative methodological approaches

How can we get value-based healthcare?

Louise Hurst, Senior Associate Tutor and Senior Research Fellow in Public Health Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

The death of King Charles II

Charles II was born on 29 May 1630 to Charles I and his French wife, Henrietta Maria, and died on 6 February 1685. Here Jeff Aronson describes Charles’s final illness and suggests that his death was hastened by his doctors.

Opioids for pain: what's the problem?

The long-term use of opioids for pain: what’s the problem? People receiving long-term pain relief for low back pain gain no benefits from opioids. Georgia Richards discusses her research on why this might be the case.

Unhealthy Times of Kings and Queens

We have put together an exhibition of the Kings and Queens, their illnesses, their deaths, and the public health messages their stories portray. The messages include preventable diseases such as obesity, smoking, and vaccination for smallpox, along with the problems of overtreatment, its consequences and its effect on speeding up the death of some of the monarchs. Carl Heneghan, Director Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Don't ditch p-values: understand them

‘When did we start thinking that a single study was enough to prove a scientific hypothesis? Richard Stevens, Director of the MSc in EBHC Medical Statistics

Trade Secrets of a DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care

Perspectives from Marcy McCall MacBain, DPhil (Oxon)

Continuous Glucose Monitoring for the iPhone Generation?

Early CGM devices were expensive and had problems with accuracy and reliability, and patients often needed to provide finger-prick data to keep them. Modern CGMs are smaller and cheaper, but are they reliable?

Unethical placebo controls: time to revise the Declaration of Helsinki

Jeremy Howick discusses whether it is ethical for clinicians to recommend that their patients sign up for a trial, even if there is an established therapy.

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