… the article above please answer the following bulleted s/statements:  • the population studied• the intervention given• the outcome considered Did the authors look for the right type of papers?HINT: ‘The best sort of studies’ would• address the review’s• have an appropriate study design (usually RCTs for papers evaluating interventions)Do you think all the important, relevant studies were included?HINT: Look for• which bibliographic databases were used• follow up from reference lists • personal contact with experts • unpublished as well as published studies • non-English language studies Did the review’s authors do enough to assess the quality of the included studies? HINT: The authors need to consider the rigor of the studies they have identified. Lack of rigor may affect the studies’ results (“All that glitters is not gold” Merchant of Venice – Act II Scene 7)If the results of the review have been combined, was it reasonable to do so? HINT: Consider whether • results were similar from study to study• results of all the included studies are clearly displayed• results of different studies are similar• reasons for any variations in results are discussed What are the overall results of the review? HINT: Consider• If you are clear about the review’s ‘bottom line’ results• what these are (numerically if appropriate)• how were the results expressed (NNT, odds ratio etc. How precise are the results? HINT: Look at the confidence intervals, if given Can the results be applied to the local population? HINT: Consider whether • the patients covered by the review could be sufficiently different to your population to cause concern your local setting is likely to differ much from that of the review Were all important outcomes considered? HINT: Consider whether there is other information you would like to have seen Are the benefits worth the harms and costs? HINT: Consider even if this is not addressed by the review, what do you think?Health Science Science Nursing NUR, NURS 45200

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