Understanding Health Research: A tool for making sense of health studies
An interactive online tool designed to help anybody to understand scientific health research evidence.Key Concepts addressed:
- 1-3 Association is not the same as causation
- 1-7 Beware of conflicting interests
- 2-8 Consider all of the relevant fair comparisons
- 2-17 Don’t confuse “statistical significance” with “importance”
- 2-9 Reviews of fair comparisons should be systematic
- 2-13 Relative measures of effects can be misleading
- 2-11 All fair comparisons and outcomes should be reported
- 3-1 Do the outcomes measured matter to you?
- 3-3 Are the treatments practical in your setting?
Trying to make sense of health research?
This tool will guide you through a series of questions to help you to review and interpret a published health research paper.
The tool is designed to be used with scientific research articles, rather than media stories or other reports about research. You need to read the original research so that you can appraise it for yourself instead of relying on someone else’s interpretation. People use various names to refer to scientific research articles, including articles, papers, and manuscripts.