A concise guide to medical literature evaluation and the provision of medication
and health information.
Topics covered include the appropriate way to approach a question, the various types of available tertiary and secondary information resources, and important considerations for evaluating and analyzing clinical studies.
Remington Education: Drug Information and Literature Evaluation provides an overview of commonly used information sources available in print, online, or in mobile versions. Their advantages and limitations are discussed, as well as database resources (e.g., PubMed, IPA) used to locate primary literature (clinical studies).
An overview of types of clinical studies and systematic reviews is included, with several chapters devoted to providing key points and concise, practical considerations for critically analyzing and evaluating all aspects of clinical drug studies. Each chapter includes worked examples and questions with answers, to assist with learning and applying important concepts.
This book allows practitioners and students to gain insight into the process of properly responding to information requests, evaluating information resources, and critiquing studies that can be used in any area of practice.
1. Evidence-based Approach to Addressing Information Needs
2. Tertiary Resources
3. Secondary Resources
4. Internet Resources
5. Evaluating Clinical Studies - Step 1: What Type of Study Is It?
6. Evaluating Clinical Studies - Step 2: The Journal, Authors, and Study Purpose
7. Evaluating Clinical Studies - Step 3: Methods Used
8. Evaluating Clinical Studies - Step 4: Statistical Analyses
9. Evaluating Clinical Studies - Step 5: Results, Interpretation and Conclusions
10. Evaluating Clinical Studies - Step 6: Putting It All Together
11. Equivalence and Noninferiority Studies
12. Practice Guidelines, Systematic Reviews, and Meta-Analyses
Answers to self-assessment questions
Doody's Notes, May 2013
"a concise overview of the major topics in medical literature review...colorful graphics and text boxes add to an impressive presentation...
...a quality publication for practicing healthcare professionals." - Michael Mancano, Pharm.D., Doody's Notes, May 2013
Marie A. Abate - Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Director, WV Center for Drug and Health Information, Director for Programmatic Assessment, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV, USA; Matthew L. Blommel - Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Director, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV, USA.