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EBM notebook
  1. Paul Glasziou, MBBS, PhD
  1. Oxford University
 Oxford, UK

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    We welcome a new addition this issue: “Evidently...” This section will look at some of the interesting articles that passed our criteria but that were not selected to be abstracted. The articles we select must pass 2 stages: firstly, we check they pass the basic validity criteria (see Purpose & Procedures section), then these valid articles are assessed for clinical relevance by several practicing clinicians.* The articles we finally abstract are the most newsworthy items—ones that most raters consider should change practice. But a number of useful and interesting articles don’t get uniform accolades, and so go on to our "B list". This B list will be accessible through the journal’s website: But to highlight the best and most interesting of the B List, Dr Richard Lehmann, a general practitioner in Oxfordshire, will give us his personal summary in each issue. We hope you enjoy this new addition!

    Do you have an interesting tale to tell about your own use of evidence-based practice? We aim to publish 1 Notebook and 1 Practice Corner in each edition of EBM. We’d welcome submissions, particularly to the Practice Corner. This should be the story of how you tried to find and use evidence in a clinical setting. We’d encourage you to guide readers honestly through the process you used, including any mishaps, blind alleys, or problems. In last issue’s Practice Corner, “Sleepless in Sydney,” Lyndal Trevena included some reflections on the problems she encountered in applying the evidence that serves as a good model of the 5 steps of EBM: reflecting and seeking ways to improve our use of evidence (

    Do you have any EBM teaching tips? We also plan to include regular "fillers" with short teaching tips: things you’ve tried in practice that helped engage folk and improve their understanding or use of EBM. One example we’ve tried (suggested by Sasha Shepperd) is to use patient videos to make initial "scenarios" more realistic—you might like to look at for some potential examples of video clips of patient interviews.

    * If you are interested in being involved in this process, then you can sign up to our electronic rating system (MORE) by emailing

    *Approximately 60 additional journals are reviewed. This list is available on request.
    Acta Obstet Gynecol ScandArch Pediatr Adolesc MedGutJ Vasc Surg
    Age AgeingArch SurgHeartLancet
    Am J CardiolArthritis RheumHypertensionMed Care
    Am J MedBJOGJAMAMed J Aust
    Am J Obstet GynecolBMJJ Am Coll CardiolN Engl J Med
    Am J PsychiatryBr J Gen PractJ Am Coll SurgNeurology
    Am J Public HealthBr J PsychiatryJ Am Geriatr SocObstet Gynecol
    Am J Respir Crit Care MedBr J SurgJ Clin EpidemiolPain
    Ann Emerg MedCMAJJ Fam PractPediatrics
    Ann Intern MedChestJ Gen Intern MedRheumatology
    Ann SurgCirculationJ Infect DisSpine
    Arch Dis ChildCochrane LibraryJ Intern MedStroke
    Arch Gen PsychiatryCrit Care MedJ Neurol Neurosurg PsychiatrySurgery
    Arch Intern MedDiabetes CareJ PediatrThorax
    Arch NeurolGastroenterology

    Journals reviewed for this issue*

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