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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 3 How to review a clinical paper

1 August, 2016

How to review a clinical paper

  • Evidence-based medicine involves the use of current best evidence in the clinical management of individual patients
  • Clinical guidelines incorporate best available evidence and are developed to inform both the physician and patient about appropriate healthcare choices
  • A structured approach should be used when reading clinical research papers and guidelines to assess the clinical applicability of the evidence for individual patients
  • Statistical significance does not always equate to clinical relevance for individual patients