Critical literature reading. Why ?. An appetizer presentation by. Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde Professor in Clinical Biomechanics , University of Southern Denmark Dept . of Research The Spine Center Hopsital Lillebælt Middelfart. Life is full of ” truths ”.
Professor in ClinicalBiomechanics,
University of Southern Denmark
Dept. of Research
The Spine Center
In clinical science, many of themareuntrue.
The question is, howcanyouquickly and efficientlyuncover the truth?
The prevalence rates in the Nordic literaturerangedbetween 3% and 79%.
Theycannot all have been right!
Oftenconfusing – youcannottake in all the details AND whenyoureadarticle #2 youforgetwhatwasimportant in article #1
The process is boring
But whenyou have assembled all information it becomes FUN because, if done correctly, all relevant information is easilyaccessible and andthere is noneed to rememberanything
Get all relevant information
Look for information in the articleswithhelp of the check-lists
Trust onlyquality information
Gives you an overview
New publicationscan just beadded to the oldchecklistwith minimum effort
Read and enjoyonly the highqualityarticles!
If youread the poorqualityarticles, youwillsuddenlyseehowuntrustworthytheyare!
Speak to a librarian
Set up a searchstrategy (searchmachines, search terms, language, years)
See whatyouget and do it again, but better
Order/download the relevant stuff
Bewellorganized and methodical
Description of study
Quality of research method
Descriptive items to seeif the various studies arecomparable (and relevant to yourneeds)
Quality items are all thoseaspectsneeded in yourdiscipline to ensure a truthfulresult (e.g. absence of various types of bias and valid outcomesmeasures)
Resultscanbe multiple and confusing. Boil it down to what is relevant for you and try to usecomparableaspects
However, do not read the article, look for relevant information
Start with the description of study and quality of research methods
Search for textbelonging to eachchecklist item this is quick (method and sometimesresultsections)
Note whether info thereor not be brief
Filling in data for the checklist is a bit tedious but fairlyquick
The poorer the quality of the study the more difficult to find the check list information in the text
Interpreting the checklistwhencompleted is:
Set up yourownpre hoc criteria for ”relevant” articles and for ”sufficientlyhigh” quality
Irrelevant orpoorquality studies – disregard
Mediocre studies – distrust
Good studies probably rare – trust