Paper for critical appraisal, Tuesday 19 January

‘I’m really keen for librarians to lead on this [critical appraisal] as it is an area where their skills are so useful’ says John Blenkinsopp, Clinical Effectiveness Advisor and Deputy Clinical Effectiveness Manager at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, who will be leading our critical appraisal Twitter chat at 8 pm on Tuesday 19 January.

John has taught critical appraisal for fifteen years, and started teaching  on the BMA’s critical appraisal courses in 2002 , which he continues to do.  He has worked as an information broker, as a business researcher for the Financial Times and at the BBC, moving into academic librarianship where he started applying his business skills within healthcare.

While our colleagues at #WeCATS have held two critical appraisal sessions on Twitter, we believe this will be the first Twitter critical appraisal session for library and information workers.

The paper John has chosen is
Hickson Mary, D’Souza Aloysius L, Muthu Nirmala, Rogers Thomas R, Want Susan, Rajkumar Chakravarthi et al.
Use of probiotic Lactobacillus preparation to prevent diarrhoea associated with antibiotics: randomised double blind placebo controlled trial
It’s open access: http://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/335/7610/80.full.pdf

Questions will be posted here.

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