In this second edition each chapter has been thoroughly revised in the light of changes both in attitudes to and practice of evidence–based medicine. Emphasis is given to the need for continuing medical education using effective searching and critical appraisal, and to integrating research findings into practice.
As with the first edition, this revised text will be an invaluable guide for anyone in primary health care, providing authoritative and thoughtful information on this important development in clinical practice.
Preface to the second edition.
Getting started: how to set priorities and define questions.
Tracking down the evidence.
Applying the evidence with patients.
Screening and diagnostic tests.
Evaluating the application of evidence.
An overview of strategies to promote implementation of evidence based health care.
Clinical practice guidelines.
Role of information technology.
Continuing medical education as a means of lifelong learning.
Integrating research evidence into practice.
Appendix 1: Using MEDLINE to search for evidence.
Appendix 2: Some further sources of information and resources that facilitate evidence–based practice.
Evidence–based medicine provokes reactions from enthusiasm to loathing. Silagy and Haines well laid out book seeks to reconcile the two extremes by explaining why evidence–based medicine is relevant to daily practice in primary care and by asking primary care professionals to regard themselves as learners and not just practitioners.