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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.

Having experienced my fair share of ineffective online learning prior to the pandemic, I was keen to find ways to make my own online teaching more effective and engaging.

Research fellow Cervantée Wild shares with us her experience of taking the Developing Online Educational Resources short course

The twelfth in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr Nicola Lindson

In this blog interview Dr Nicola Lindson shares with us which living systematic review that she’s led or been involved in she would choose to take with her to read, if she was stranded on a desert island.

Balance is your best friend—mix rigorous study with the rich experiences Oxford offers. Network like a pro; your next big collaboration could be waiting just around the corner.

Independent mental health counsellor and award-winning MSc in EBHC graduate Nur Hidayati Handayani shares her experiences on the programme with us

The eleventh in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Professor Mike Clarke.

In this blog interview Professor Mike Clarke shares with us which systematic review that he’s led or been involved in he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

The tenth in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from José Manuel Ordóñez Mena

In this blog interview José Manuel Ordóñez Mena shares with us which systematic review that he’s led or been involved in he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

The ninth in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Tom Jefferson

In this blog interview Tom Jefferson shares with us which systematic review he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

Can high-cost drugs be good value? The case of Casgevy for sickle-cell disease and beta-thalassemia

Dr Padraig Dixon, Senior Researcher in Health Economics and module co-ordinator for our EBHC Economics of Healthcare module offers an insight into one of the areas explored in the module

The eighth in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr Igho Onakpoya.

In this blog interview Dr Igho Onakpoya shares with us which systematic review that he’s led or been involved in he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

The first step to being a good teacher is understanding what it means to be an effective educator.

Epidemiologist, health behaviour scientist and post-doctoral researcher Min Gao shares with us the benefits she gained by taking the Teaching Evidence-Based Practice module as a short course.

The seventh in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr Jeffrey Aronson .

In this blog interview Dr Jeffrey Aronson shares with us which systematic review that he’s led or been involved in he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

The sixth in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr Susannah Fleming

In this blog interview Dr Susannah Fleming shares with us which systematic review that she’s led or been involved in she would choose to take with her to read, if she was stranded on a desert island.

The fifth in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr Geoff Wong .

In this blog interview Dr Geoff Wong shares with us which systematic review that he’s led or been involved in he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

The fourth in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr Annette Plüddemann

In this blog interview Dr Annette Plüddemann shares with us which systematic review that she’s led or been involved in she would choose to take with her to read, if she was stranded on a desert island.

The third in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr David Nunan

In this blog interview Dr David Nunan shares with us which systematic review that he’s led or been involved in he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

The second in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Dr Stephanie Tierney

In this blog interview Dr Stephanie Tierney shares with us which systematic review that she’s led or been involved in she would choose to take with her to read, if she was stranded on a desert island.

The first in our series of Friday 'Desert Island Reviews', featuring tutors from the MSc in EBHC (Systematic Reviews) programme, is from Professor Kamal R Mahtani.

In this blog interview Professor Kamal R Mahtani shares with us which systematic review that he’s led or been involved in he would choose to take with him to read, if he was stranded on a desert island.

The need to evaluate research integrity when systematic reviewing: a Study Within A Review (SWAR)

Sixth year medical students Jennifer Knight and Archie Wing share details of their study within a review (SWAR) focusing on evaluating research integrity as part of their special study module at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Are systematic reviews as trustworthy as we think? A case for critical appraisal bias in back pain research.

Final year medical students Lisa and Laura joined Dr David Nunan at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) for a three-week special study module (SSM). While developing their understanding of systematic review principles and evolutions in the field, they also developed a protocol to investigate the potential impact of implicit bias on systematic review findings.

Critical care physician Ana Spataru shares her experiences as a recent student on the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care

Ana Spataru completed her MSc In Evidence-Based Health Care thesis in 2022 with a project focusing on the use of automatic technology for the administration of intravenous medication, a task usually performed by healthcare professionals.

Can we trust the integrity of trial evidence informing UK clinical guidelines?

Final year medical students Minahil, Oskar, and Sukhmunni joined Dr David Nunan at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) for a three-week special study module (SSM). While developing their understanding of some of the issues currently facing medical research, they also developed a protocol to further understand the scope of these issues.

Is the ‘best’ really the ‘best’? Chris Banks-Pillar recently completed his MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care focusing on the conundrum of whether the ‘best’ evidence really is the 'best’.

Chris Banks-Pillar shares his journey interrogating the integrity of evidence around exercise-based interventions for treating non-specific chronic lower back pain (NSCLBP) for his MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care dissertation.

Arsenio Paez shares with us his experiences during his DPhil in Evidence Based-Health Care and his plans to utilise these in his research, and with the students he teaches.

Arsenio Paez completed his DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care in May 2023. Here he shares how this experience will inform his research focused on sleep, Alzheimer's Disease, and dementia and his teaching, in Canada.

Teaching evidence-based health care and being a doctor – a marriage made in heaven

Alumni, Anand Rajan, reflects his experience of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care and how this is only the beginning of his EBHC educator’s journey.

From Data to Doctors: Unravelling AI's Role in Revolutionizing Evidence-Based Healthcare Education

"This isn't just about futuristic robots teaching medical students; it's about transforming the entire process of how we educate the healthcare professionals of the future."

Hear Ranin Soliman's experiences during her recently completed DPhil in EBHC about generating evidence to improve childhood cancer health outcomes and resource use in Egypt

Ranin Soliman completed her DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care in May 2023. Her DPhil research work focused on generating evidence to improve childhood cancer health outcomes and resource use in Egypt.

Research highlight: Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation: Cochrane Living Systematic Review

Today is National No Smoking Day 2023, and we're delighted to share the research happening across the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, to determine the effects of e-cigarettes to help smokers achieve long‐term abstinence.

Investigating the Epidemiology of Opioids in England

In this blog, fourth year medical student, Antonia-Oliva Roberts, discusses her extended essay, investigating opioid consumption in England, as part of the Final Honour's Scheme.

Evidence-based research needs to become our day-to-day tool to address health challenges and answer complex problems

In this blog, MSc EBHC student, Filippo Giliberti, discusses how the programme enables students to ask bold questions and answer complex health problems.

The student voice: Medical Student Ioan Baxter share 3rd-year research project

Ioan Baxter, a 3rd-year medical student, at Worcester College, writes this blog, detailing his research project, as part of the Final Honours Scheme Research Projects Programme, completed under the supervision of Dr. David Nunan of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Response to Physicians for Smoke-Free Canada’s coverage of the Cochrane review of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation

In this blog, Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and Dr Nicola Lindson from the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, address comments and questions raised by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, relating to the recently published Cochrane review of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.

7 things to know about e-cigarettes and quitting smoking

In this blog, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce from the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and Martin Dockrell from the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities share 7 things you need to know about e-cigarettes and quitting smoking, with evidence from the Cochrane Living Review of E-cigarettes and Smoking Cessation.

The precarity of health policy

In this blog, researchers and module coordinators, Dr Nicola Lindson and Jonathan Livingstone-Banks, discuss the Nuffield Intervention Ladder: a way of systematising interventions on the ‘Libertarianism’ to ‘Collectivism’ ideological spectrum that often influence approaches to public health matters.

Postgraduate perspective: Generating a Research Question for a Systematic Review

Many postgraduate students struggle to formulate their research questions. In this blog, Evidence-Based Health Care DPhil student, Ali Mulhem, shares his experience of finding a research question for a dissertation, having previously completed the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care.

Alumnus perspective: Developing research skills and a questioning mindset

In this blog, MSc in EBHC alumnus, Drew Dagens, reflects on his experience of the programme and his research project under the supervision of Course Director, Annette Plüddemann, having recently published his dissertation in the journal, 'Clinical Microbiology and Infection'.

Is it time for OCEBM Levels of Evidence v.3?

In this blog, EBHC DPhil student, Ranin Soliman, reveals why she believes now, as we emerge out of the covid-19 pandemic, is a crucial time to revise the OCEBM 2011 Levels of Evidence v.2, to address health economic evaluation and avoid over-estimation of predicted outcomes and misinterpretation of findings.

Angille Heintzman: Transition from MSc to DPhil in Evidence-Based Healthcare

EBHC DPhil student, Angille Heintzman, shares her experience having completed an MSc in EBHC and now furthering her education by completing a DPhil in EBHC.

Omotayo Adebanji: Transitioning from MSc to DPhil in EBHC

EBHC DPhil student, Omotayo Adebanji, shares his experience having completed an MSc in EBHC and now furthering his education by completing a DPhil in EBHC.

Research; it’s all about your question. What is it that you want to know?

EBHC DPhil student, Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul, is investigating what success looks like in obesity management. In this blog, Nicole explains how qualitative research methods can be used to better understand how success is defined and the experiences of those living with obesity.

Introducing new short course for 2023: Economics of Health Care

In this blog, Course Tutor and Senior Researcher in Health Economics, Dr Padraig Dixon, shares some of the key topics taught on the new short course 'Economics of Health Care', and highlights their relevance pertaining real-world health care challenges, opportunities, and decision-making.

Retracted publications on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2: transparency in research

Final-year medical students, Ibrahim and Alicia, share details of their Special Studies Module (SSM) project; carried out alongside Dr. David Nunan at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Sixth year primary care medical students share details of their project focusing on identifying research irregularities for systematic reviews

Sixth year primary care medical students Sarah Peters and Archie Lodge joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of a special study module to improve their knowledge of evidence-based medicine. In this blog, they discuss their project, focusing on evaluating available techniques to identify research irregularities that require further scrutiny and the role they play when conducting systematic reviews.

Five ways the pandemic has affected routine medical care

Director of the Evidence-Based Health Care DPhil programme, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, shares five ways that the pandemic has affected routine medical care - also published in The Conversation.

Sixth year medical student, Ben, shares details of upcoming project, focusing on critically appraising tools used to influence clinical decision-making

Sixth year primary care medical student, Ben, will be joining the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of his special study module (SSM), to pursue his interests in meta-analysis and interventions.

Sixth year medical student shares evidence-based project as part of the special studies module (SSM)

Sixth year primary care medical student, Charlotte, joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of her special study module, to improve her knowledge of evidence-based medicine. In this blog, Charlotte discusses her project, focusing on evaluating the reporting of medication adherence to pharmacological interventions in coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) related randomized control trials (RCTs). Her project has now been published as a peer-reviewed article.

Cranberry for acute Urinary Tract Infection – an old wives’ tale? Or mother nature’s cure?

Cranberry in various forms has been used by women for decades to help treat Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Up to 27% of women report using cranberry to help treat a UTI (1). But does it actually work? Primary Care post-doctoral researcher, Dr Oghenekome Gbinigie, explains findings from her recent studies.

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