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Now in its Fourth Edition, this best-selling text presents a step-by-step approach to critical and efficient reading of the health research literature. Health care professionals will learn how to evaluate clinical studies, identify flaws in studyMoreNow in its Fourth Edition, this best-selling text presents a step-by-step approach to critical and efficient reading of the health research literature. Health care professionals will learn how to evaluate clinical studies, identify flaws in study design, understand the significance of statistics, and apply the evidence from clinical research in practice.A new section in this edition--Considering Costs and Evaluating Effectiveness--offers guidance in reading articles on decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis.Throughout the text are unique learning aids such as checklists of questions to ask, scenarios illustrating study design errors, flaw-catching exercises, and flowcharts for assessing statistical methods.The Fourth Edition includes--for the first time--a CD-ROM with interactive questions and answers. Users who complete these questions can earn up to 70 hours of Category 1 Continuing Medical Education credit.CME Objectives:Target Audience:Physicians, public health professionals, health educators, health services and administration professionals, physician assistants, health science libraries, nurse practitioners, and others who find themselves faced with health research information overload.Learning Objectives / After completing this activity the user should be able to/and participants who complete this course will find their medical decision making skills strengthened by the enhanced ability to:Critically evaluate clinical research using a unique uniform frameworkIdentify flaws in a variety of study designs, including case control, cohort, randomized clinical trials, and meta-analysisUnderstand the uses of statistics without the use of complicated formulasApply results of clinical research to your practice using the principles of evidence-based medicineAccreditation StatementLippincott Williams & Wilkins is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 70 hours in Category 1 of the Physicians Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spends in the activity.