Predatory publishers and pseudo-journals are threatening the credibility of science. They pollute the scholarly record with junk research.
How to publish research
As part of our continuing efforts to support clinicians and researchers, ECEBM is organizing a Manuscript Writing Day. It builds on the premise that the scientific article is a carefully constructed document that plays an essential role in the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge
Multiple treatments comparisons
A special method of meta-analysis known as multiple treatments meta-analysis (MTM) is suited to the practical issues addressed by overviews of reviews. However, MTM (also known as ‘network meta-analysis’, or ‘multiple treatments comparisons’ (‘MTC’) meta-analysis) relies on a strong assumption that studies of different comparisons are similar in all ways other than the interventions being compared.
Key Message: How to reduce the risk of selection bias in RCTs
Probably the simplest and most effective method to prevent selection bias in randomized trials is simple randomization. Simple randomization works by assigning each patient to one of the treatment groups with a 50% probability; this probability is the same for every patient, regardless of previous allocations. For example, consider a trial where 40 of the first … Continue reading Key Message: How to reduce the risk of selection bias in RCTs
A Guideline for saving lives
As we approach the World Prematurity Day in November 2015, let us acknowledge the great effort of dedicated people who were behind the new WHO guidance on interventions for pregnant women in whom preterm birth is imminent and for care of preterm neonates to improve preterm birth outcomes. This guideline was jointly developed by the … Continue reading A Guideline for saving lives
Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
On September 1, 2015, Egyptian Center for Evidence Based Medicine became a member of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). PMNCH is hosted & administered by the World Health Organization. The Partnership joins reproductive, maternal, newborn, child & adolescent health communities into an alliance of organizations, across seven constituencies: academic, research and teaching … Continue reading Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
Preterm birth: new WHO guidance for saving lives
The WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes will be useful for people working across the health sector, from health-care workers who directly provide care to pregnant women and preterm infants, to health-care policy makers and programmers, as well as those working on the development of job aids and training tools for health-care workers.
Good Publication Practice for Industry-Sponsored Medical Research
Scientific and clinical research should be reported in a complete, accurate, balanced, and timely manner to ensure a well informed decision making and increase the efficiency and quality of health care. Such research is often initiated by, or involves collaboration with, commercial organizations, such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies. The Good Publication Practice (GPP) guideline … Continue reading Good Publication Practice for Industry-Sponsored Medical Research
Standalone teaching vs. clinically integrated teaching of EBM
standalone teaching improves knowledge, but has no effects on skills, attitudes, or practice. Whereas clinically integrated teaching improved knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practice
WHO Statement on Public Disclosure of Clinical Trial Results
On April 14, 2015, the World Health Organization published a new statement on the disclosure of clinical trial results. In the latest version of the Declaration of Helsinki it is stated that "Researchers, authors, sponsors, editors and publishers all have ethical obligations with regard to the publication and dissemination of the results of research". Failure … Continue reading WHO Statement on Public Disclosure of Clinical Trial Results