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Evidence-Based Health Care

The broad aim of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine is to develop, teach and promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to doctors and health care professionals to help maintain the highest standards of medicine.

Many of the talks are taken from the Oxford Evidence-Based Health Care Programme and delivered by members of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Centre of Evidence Medicine and leaders in the field of Evidence-based Health Care internationally.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Everything is a poison Professor Jeffrey Aronson, Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, gives a talk on dose-response curves for the EBHC podcast series. Jeffrey Aronson 29 Oct 2019
2 Safe and effective drugs: The need to use all the available evidence to inform the effectiveness of commonly used medicines Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, employs evidence-based methods to research diagnostic reasoning, test accuracy and communicating diagnostic results to a wider audience. Carl Heneghan 21 Oct 2019
3 Creative Commons Diabetes, blood sugar, and red wine: a personal study This talk was delivered by Martin Bland. Martin Bland 17 Jul 2019
4 The secret diary of a health ethnographer - what's it *really* like doing qualitative observation in operating rooms, ambulances, triage call centres and other health care settings? This guest lecture draws on nearly thirty years' experience of doing qualitative research in a variety of health settings that contain people, blood, injury, disease, emotions, and technologies. Catherine Pope 03 Jul 2019
5 Big data in heart failure - opportunities and realities The global health burden of heart failure is high, both as the common end-point for many cardiovascular diseases (e.g. hypertension and heart attacks) and a common point on the trajectory of non-cardiovascular diseases (e.g. chronic respiratory disease). Amitava Banerjee 03 Jul 2019
6 Creative Commons Behavioural Interventions to Improve the Quality of the Grocery Shopping This evening lecture is given in conjunction with the Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods accredited short course, part of the Evidence-Based Healthcare programme at the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. Carmen Piernas 11 Jun 2019
7 Creative Commons The BMJ's open data campaign Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of The BMJ, gives a talk for the EBHC podcast series Fiona Godlee 13 May 2019
8 Creative Commons Using evidence to overcome fake news about healthcare Professor Carl Heneghan has extensive experience of working with the media. In this talk he will discuss some recent case examples, working with the BBC amongst others. Carl Heneghan 09 Apr 2019
9 Are we really advancing qualitative methods in health research? For many good reasons, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, thematic analysis, and realist tales have become key tools within the qualitative researcher's methodological toolkit. Cassandra Phoenix 08 Apr 2019
10 Size matters a tous les temps, a tous les peuples Dr. Martyn Sene is Deputy CEO of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), here, he gives an introduction to the importance of measurement and metrology (the science of measurement). Martyn Sene 03 Apr 2019
11 The role of network meta-analysis in the evaluation of antidepressants for depression Andrea Cipriani is NIHR Research Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford. Andrea Cipriani 26 Mar 2019
12 Creative Commons Why poor diagnostic reasoning is failing patients, the public and health systems Carl Heneghan asks the question, "What is driving the increase in diagnostic testing in healthcare?" and discusses why expectations, technology and the media are contributing to the problems of too much medicine and overdiagnosis. Carl Heneghan 06 Feb 2019
13 Systematic reviews: the past the present and the future Making decisions and choices about health and social care need access to high-quality evidence from research. Systematic reviews provide this by both highlighting the quality of existing studies and by themselves providing a high-quality summary. Iain Chalmers, Carl Heneghan, Kamal Mahtani 28 Jan 2019
14 Selection bias in cluster randomised controlled trials Professor David Torgerson, Director of the York Trials Unit, gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare podcast series. David Torgerson 07 Jan 2019
15 The application of realist approaches at the research/policy/practice interface: NICE work if you can do it Professor Mike Kelly, Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare seminar series. Mike Kelly 12 Dec 2018
16 How imperfect can a study be? Professor Alan Silman is an epidemiologist and a rheumatologist and is the co-author of 'Epidemiological Studies: A Practical Guide', which is the recommended textbook for the module 'Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods'. Alan Silman 05 Dec 2018
17 Creative Commons Adults' experiences of trying to lose weight on their own: findings from three qualitative syntheses Jamie Hartmann-Boyce is a Senior Researcher in Health Behaviours, based at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. Her work focusses on obesity and tobacco control and her particular interests lie in evidence synthes Jamie Hartmann-Boyce 06 Nov 2018
18 Can antibiotics make you pregnant? Dr Jeffrey Aronson gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare series. Jeffrey Aronson 29 Oct 2018
19 History of evidence synthesis Professor Mike Clarke gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare series. Mike Clarke 29 Oct 2018
20 Evidence-Based Manifesto for better healthcare Professor Carl Heneghan gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare series. Carl Heneghan 10 Oct 2018
21 The jugglers and the black cat There has never been such a high demand for our personal data, such that it is often said that individuals are the product, not just the client. Kerina Jones 31 Jul 2018
22 Fake surgeries and dummy pills – control for bias and study design in trials on treatment efficacy in chronic pain In this talk Karolina presented various types of study design she has used in trials of treatments for chronic pain. Karolina also discussed why blinding is important and why a placebo control may be necessary, even in surgical trials. Karolina Wartolowska 02 Jul 2018
23 The shifting evidence paradigm – from literature to data Carol Lefebvre gives a talk for the Evidence based healthcare seminar series. Carol Lefebvre 26 Jun 2018
24 Vagina Dialogues: Challenging Stigmas around Menstruation, Menopause and Female Sexuality Communication taboos surround many aspects of women’s health and wellbeing, from menstruation to menopause to sexual pleasure. Annalise Weckesser 22 Jun 2018
25 Value-based healthcare: Health economics re-packaged or re-packaging health economics? Sir Muir Gray and Lucy Abel debate: Is value-based health care nothing more than health economics re-packaged or is health economics nothing more than only one of the six contributors to value-based healthcare? Muir Gray, Lucy Abel 16 May 2018
26 The Replication Crisis in Biomedicine. What (kind of) crisis? Professor Alexander Bird, Professor of Philosophy and Medicine, King's College London, gives a talk for the Centre for Evidenced Based Medicine. Alexander Bird 11 Apr 2018
27 Real versus rubbish EBM: do you know the difference? A light hearted account of being treated by the 'wrong' guideline - with a serious conclusion about making sure this doesn’t happen. Trish Greenhalgh 02 Mar 2018
28 Launch of new website to catalogue biases affecting health and medical research Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr David Nunan from the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine presented the launch of a new website that catalogues the important biases affecting health and medical research. Carl Heneghan, David Nunan, Sir Iain Chalmers 05 Feb 2018
29 Beyond accuracy: Evidence gaps and unintended consequences. Factors influencing utility of point-of-care diagnostic tests Point-of-care or near-patient-tests, are as these descriptors suggest, medical diagnostic tests which can be performed by a clinician, patient, or carer of a patient, without the need for samples to be transported to laboratories. Phil Turner 30 Jan 2018
30 Creative Commons Mixed methods in the real world: a messy business? Dr Katherine Pollard gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare seminar series. Katherine Pollard 24 Jan 2018
31 The Future of Healthcare - Evidencer and Value Based Muir Gray is now working with both NHS England and Public Health England to bring about a transformation of care with the aim of increasing value for both populations and individuals. Here he gives a talk on improving healthcare systems. Muir Gray 19 Jan 2018
32 Life as a trial statistician – the good, the bad and the ugly Professor Jonathan Cook is a Senior Medical Statistician at the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit. Jonathan Cook 06 Dec 2017
33 Creative Commons How we change behaviour and what to do to support it: lessons from randomised controlled trials and other research Professor Paul Aveyard, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences gives a talk on behavioural change in evidence based medicine. Paul Aveyard 28 Nov 2017
34 And then the magic happens! Can realist synthesis really be systematic? Dr Andrew Booth gives a talk for the Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluations short course. Andrew Booth 24 Nov 2017
35 Creative Commons Working 'up' and 'out': how qualitative researchers approach analysis Dr John MacArtney gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare seminar series. John MacArtney 15 Nov 2017
36 A little known law of numbers Professor Jeffrey Aronson, Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist, gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare lecture series, Jeffrey Aronson 20 Oct 2017
37 Creative Commons Critical Appraisal and EBM in the Real World The overwhelming volume of evidence and its lack of relevance to patient care and decisions means health professionals require skills to sift evidence more efficiently: discarding what doesn't make a difference to focus on evidence that matters for health Carl Heneghan 13 Oct 2017
38 Making trials more efficient: Trial Forge and how you can help Trials are important; very often they are also inefficient. Trial Forge aims to improve trial efficacy by identifying and then filling gaps in trial methods research. Shaun Treweek 10 Jul 2017
39 Using mixed methods in health psychology: Reflections on research design, epistemology, and practicalities In this talk, Dr Felicity Bishop will critically reflect on mixed methods research that she has conducted and discuss the philosophical and technical challenges of mixed methods. Felicity Bishop 10 Jul 2017
40 Better evidence for better healthcare manifesto The integration of evidence with clinical expertise and patient values which underpins the delivery of high quality evidence-based medicine. Carl Heneghan 12 Apr 2017
41 Wye speling matturs Jeffrey Aronson presents a light-hearted talk on spelling in systematic reviewing. Jeff is a Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at the Oxford University Department for Primary Health Care. Jeffrey Aronson 29 Mar 2017
42 Rethinking the epidemic of overdiagnosis Overdiagnosis is the diagnosis of "disease" that will never cause symptoms or death during a patient's lifetime. Newer, more accurate technologies, and the desire to detect disease even earlier means Overdiagnosis is on the rise. Carl Heneghan 27 Jan 2017
43 Creative Commons Resuscitating poor quality research Healthcare research is all too often plagued by biases that are rooted in poor methods, leading to the wrong result and conclusions and preventing uptake into practice. Carl Heneghan 17 Jan 2017
44 Trials and Tribulations in Africa Dr Merlin Willcox gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare series. Merlin Willcox 15 Nov 2016
45 Better evidence for better health care Professor Carl Heneghan gives a talk for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care programme. Carl Heneghan 31 Oct 2016
46 The point of qualitative research Prof Aksel Tjora, Professor of Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, gives a talk for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care programme. Aksel Tjora 23 Jun 2016
47 Evidence informed decision making? (Know your cognitive biases) Prof Neal Maskrey gives a talk for the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine seminar series. Neal Maskrey 01 Jun 2016
48 Why on earth do we waste so much research? Dr Kamal Mahtani is an NHS GP, NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Deputy Director at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. His talk explores why so much research is wasted. Kamal Mahtani 01 Jun 2016
49 Overdiagnosis and Too Much Medicine How did we get here and how do we get out of the mess Professor Carl Heneghan gives a talk for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care programme Carl Heneghan 03 May 2016
50 Breathalysers, babies and bumps on the road: delving into diagnostic studies Talk by Dr Helen Ashdown regarding three rather different diagnostic studies People: Helen Ashdown Helen Ashdown 03 May 2016
51 Creative Commons 10 Top tips for doing applied healthcare research: How to get started Carl Heneghan gives a talk held on January 11th 2016 Kellogg College. Carl Heneghan 29 Jan 2016
52 What has EBM done for healthcare? Professor Carl Heneghan gives a talk for the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine podcast series. Carl Heneghan 22 Oct 2015
53 Creative Commons Theorising with narrative: How careful analysis of stories can help us rise above the ontological desert of ‘behaviour change’ research Professor Trish Greenhalgh gives a talk for the Centre for Evidence Baed Medicine. Trish Greenhalgh 05 Aug 2015
54 Managing large scale international clinical trials Managing clinical trials, of whatever size and complexity, requires efficient trial management. Barbara Farrell shares from her wide experience. Barbara Farrell 06 May 2015
55 Storytelling in diabetes: a mixed-methods study The patient as storyteller and the story as ‘self management’ Trish Greenhalgh 07 Apr 2015
56 Research impact: the new jargon for knowledge to action If we are going to take impact seriously, we need to be clear about the philosophical assumptions underpinning different kinds of research and also the different kinds of links between research, practice and policy. Trish Greenhalgh 26 Mar 2015
57 Creative Commons The Campaign for Real EBM Evidence Based Medicine Professor Trish Greenhalgh gives a talk on the crisis facing evidence based medicine and offers a solution for its rennaissance within healthcare. Trish Greenhalgh 24 Mar 2015
58 Creative Commons From inspiration to publication: bumps along the road (as part of the Postgraduate Programme in Evidence-Based Health Care) Dr Helen Ashdown is a GP and Clinical Researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. Helen Ashdown 03 Dec 2014
59 Creative Commons Realist Review: Mixing Method This talk will introduce the realist review methodology as a strategy for combining qualitative and quantitative data to answer the question “what works, for whom, and in what circumstances” Janet Harris 01 Dec 2014
60 Creative Commons Systematic Reviews, the need for change The need to generate systematic reviews is relatively uncontroversial and until recently so were the methods of production. Jon Brassey 01 Dec 2014
61 Creative Commons EBM - What it is, what it isn't, how might you contribute? Carl Heneghan is a Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine and a Primary Care Physician and has over 20 years experience of using evidence in practice for changing health care. Carl Heneghan 01 Dec 2014
62 Creative Commons An introduction to Medical Statistics with Carl Heneghan and Rafael Perera Dr Carl Heneghan talks to Rafael Perera about medical statistics and gives an introduction to the subject. Carl Heneghan, Rafael Perera 09 Aug 2013
63 Creative Commons A behavioural perspective of translating evidence to policy and practice Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology, UCL, gives a talk at Kellogg College for the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. Susan Michie 16 Jul 2013
64 Creative Commons How Youtube is being used as a platform to share opinions and experiences of a controversial treatment for Multiple Sclerosis Brandon O'Neill, DPhil Candidate, PCHS, gives a lecture on treating Multiple Sclerosis and how social media is being used to share experiences of patients. Brandon O'Neill 16 Jul 2013
65 Creative Commons Dr Carl Heneghan and John Balla discuss the evidence relating to diagnostics Dr Carl Heneghan and John Balla discuss the evidence relating to diagnostics. Carl Heneghan, John Balla 26 Jun 2013
66 Creative Commons MSc in EBHC: Introduction to the Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care Annette Pluddermann, Senior researcher DPCHS, gives an introduction to the Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care Annette Pluddermann 28 May 2013
67 Creative Commons A Welcome to the Programme in Evidence-Based Health Care Dr Carl Heneghan, the Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine, gives a brief welcome to the Programme in Evidence-Based Health Care. Carl Heneghan 07 Feb 2013
68 Creative Commons An introduction to the Masters in Evidence-Based Health Care Sharon Mickan, a Knowledge Translation Fellow in the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, gives an introduction to the Masters in Evidence-Based Health Care. Sharon Mickan 07 Feb 2013
69 Creative Commons Know4Go - EBM lecture Dr Janet Martin, Director of Health Technology Assessment, London Health Services Centre gives a special lecture for EBM entitled; Know4Go: An Instrument for decision-making when resources are limited and demands are relentless. Janet Martin 24 Feb 2011
70 Creative Commons The Information Revolution Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Office, NHS, gives a special guest lecture for the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. Sir Muir Gray 24 Feb 2011
71 Creative Commons The Future of Evidence Based Medicine Professor Paul Glasziou, Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, gives a special lecture on the future of EBM. Paul Glasziou 24 Feb 2011
72 Creative Commons Interpreting Results - Stats in Small Doses Dr Amanda Burls delivers a talk for the Centre for Evidenced Based Medicine. Amanda Burls 24 Feb 2011
73 Creative Commons Diagnostic Tests Dr Carl Heneghan delivers a talk for the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. Carl Heneghan 24 Feb 2011
74 Creative Commons Appraisal of Clinical Trials Dr Rafael Perera delivers a talk for the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. Rafael Perera 24 Feb 2011
75 Creative Commons Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine Professor Paul Glasziou gives an introduction to evidence-based medicine and healthcare. Paul Glasziou 24 Feb 2011