Evidence-Based Research Series-Paper 3: Using an Evidence-Based Research approach to place your results into context after the study is performed to ensure usefulness of the conclusion

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Abstract

Background and Objective: There is considerable actual and potential waste in research. Using evidence-based research (EBR) can ensure the value of a new study. The aim of this article, the third in a series, is to describe an EBR approach to putting research results into context. Study Design and Setting: EBR is the use of prior research in a systematic and transparent way to inform a new study so that it is answering questions that matter in a valid, efficient, and accessible manner. In this third and final article of a series, we describe how to use the context of existing evidence to reach and present a trustworthy and useful conclusion when reporting results from a new clinical study. Results: We describe a method, the EBR approach, that by using a systematic and transparent consideration of earlier similar studies when interpreting and presenting results from a new original study will ensure usefulness of the conclusion. Conclusion: Using an EBR approach will improve the usefulness of a clinical study by providing the context to draw more valid conclusions and explicit information about new research needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
Volume129
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Clinical health research
  • Clinical trials
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Evidence-based research
  • Medical ethics
  • Research ethics
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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