Tag Archives: Evidence Versus Mythology

New Cancer Drugs Often Bestow Little Benefit Regarding Survival or Wellbeing? (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A quotation from the authors’ abstract may say it all: “This systematic evaluation of oncology approvals by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009-13 shows that most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival or quality … Continue reading

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More Spent on the NHS Than Previously Thought (BMJ / BBC News)

Summary Previous estimates concerning the proportion of UK GDP spent on the NHS were probably on the low side: Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access). Reference Appleby, J. … Continue reading

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Hotly Debated Weekend Effect May Have Been A Statistical Mirage? (Journal of Health Services Research and Policy / BBC News / Lancet / BMJ)

Summary Research does not take place in a socio-political vacuum. The ongoing junior doctors’ dispute has supplied fertile ground for allegations of “spin” and politically-motivated distortion in the interpretation of the so-called “weekend effect”, and raises questions concerning the planned … Continue reading

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Evidence Versus Mythology: Challenging Cherished Orthodoxies (British Journal of General Practice)

Summary A brief communication in the British Journal of General Practice points to recent evidence raising some interesting questions which many might prefer to duck. This “devil’s advocate”-style letter challenges readers to question some supposedly established axioms in modern dementia … Continue reading

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