Interesting, inspiring, informative ...... the latest resources about evidence-based healthcare.                                                        


A.   Videos

A.1   TEDTalks 
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  • Gordon Guyatt: Is Canadian Health Care Unsustainable? - Dr. Guyatt, a pioneer in the field of evidence-based medicine, discusses the current state of Canada's universal public health system, analyzing its burden on the country's finances in comparison with public health expenditures in other nations

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  • Ben Goldacre:  What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe - When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world -- except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.

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  • Ben Goldacre:  Battling Bad Science  - Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.

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A.2   Biographical
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  • Dr. David Sackett  - As the founder of Canada's first department of clinical epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1967, Dr. Sackett has made significant contributions to how we measure the presence of diseases in populations, and in particular how we assess the effectiveness of various forms of treatment.

A.3   Video Series

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  • (new!) Series: Dartmouth College- Preventing Overdiagnosis 2013: Winding back the harms of too much medicine - presented by Dartmouth College in conjunction with the BMJ, Consumer Reports, and Bond University, this conference addresses the issue of overdiagnosis in medical practice. Growing scientific evidence shows that many people are being overdiagnosed for conditions as varied as asthma, breast cancer, low bone density and high blood pressure. The speakers address the emerging question: have the boundaries defining illness been pushed too wide?

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  • Series: UCSF Marketing of Medicines: Critical Skills for Clinicians  - The Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine at UC San Francisco present this progressive conference on the Marketing of Medicines. The pharmaceutical industry spends billions annually on marketing. Health care professionals tend to believe they are not influenced by the drug industry, but studies indicate otherwise.

A.4   Discussions


A.5   Lectures


  • Paula Williamson- Improving Health by Improving Trials- Paula Williamson, a professor at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Translational Medicine, discusses shortcomings in current methodology in conducting clinical trials and discusses how these problems might be overcome.


A.6   Miscellaneous  

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  • (new!) Evidence Based Medicine: An Oral History- A group of leaders in the area of evidence based medicine, including Iain Chalmers, Gordon Guyatt, and Brian Haynes, discuss the past, present, and future of the movement.

B.   Audio

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  • Iain Chalmers:  The Life Scientific [mp3] - Trained as a physician, Sir Iain Chalmers became a champion for treatments based on the best available evidence and the first director of The Cochrane Collaboration.

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D.   Documents

E. Useful Websites

  • : A platform for patients to learn about diseases and treatments from one another.

  • Testing Treatments Interactive : An educational and collaborative website whose principal aims are:
    1. to help people to understand the importance of fair tests of treatments
    2. to make this knowledge accessible to as many people as possible, and
    3. to help them to share their own knowledge and experiences of fair tests of treatments in a safe and constructive forum.


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