EBHC Bulletin

Keeping you up to date with EBHC
In this edition of the EBHC Bulletin: a lead article by Kamal Mahtani explores how the increased uptake of Systematic Reviews to inform health care policy brings particular challenges for academics. Course Director for the recently launched Postgraduate Certificate in Qualitative Health Research Methods, Anne Marie Boylan, talks to Research Fellow Marcy McCall McBain about the value of application of research methods in healthcare. We meet Stephanie Tierney, who co-ordinates two modules in Mixed Methods in Health Research and Introduction to Synthesising Qualitative Research.

Applications for 2020/21 entry for all our Evidence-Based Health Care programmes are now open, with a first deadline fast approaching in January. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Best wishes from Oxford,
Annette Plüddemann – Course Director for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care
Latest news

Systematic reviews for policymaking: Three tips on where to start

Kamal Mahtani, Course Director for the MSc in EBHC in Systematic Reviews, talks about the increasing use of Systematic Reviews for policymaking and the challenges this brings for academics.

On qualitative research with Dr Anne-Marie Boylan

Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Qualitative Health Research Methods, Dr Anne-Marie Boylan, talks to Research Fellow Marcy McCall McBain about the value of application of research methods in healthcare.

The rise and rise of realist reviews?

Realist reviews are becoming an increasing popular approach to synthesising evidence about complex interventions. Geoff Wong welcomes this increase and talks about the challenges that such popularity might bring.

Life-time achievement award for teaching excellence

We’re delighted to congratulate our Evidence-Based Health Care Director of Programmes, Professor Carl Heneghan, for receiving a Life-time Achievement Award in the annual Medical Sciences Division Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Practicing evidence-based medicine in a resource-limited country: Let’s start at the very beginning

DPhil Evidence-Based Healthcare student Wangari Waweru-Siika shares her experiences of practicing evidence-based medicine in a resource-limited country. Wangari is Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University, Nairobi.

'Rejection is part of the process': Turning your dissertation into an academic paper 

In the second installment in our series of blogs about publishing your MSc thesis, Dr Anne-Marie Boylan spoke to Clinical Research Analyst, Colm Andrews about his experiences. 

The creation of the Oxford-Brazil EBM alliance

Dr David Nunan, Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care, talks about his work with two EBHC Alumni to establish the ‘Oxford-Brazil Evidence-based Medicine Alliance. 

Declaring interests and restoring trust in medicine

Professor Carl Heneghan sets out the need for a system wide strategy to record and manage conflicts of interest in the latest BMJ editorial.
Student spotlight - Anne Carroll
Anne is a radiologist, who is using the knowledge gained from studying for her MSc in Evidence-Based Heath Care to improve the care that she delivers to her patients and the health care system in Dublin. She is involved with the Evidence-Based Practice Ireland, set up by a group of like-minded people who want to further develop EBP for the benefit of patients in Ireland. She is also involved with national guideline development for the diagnosis and staging of ovarian cancer. 

Since graduating Anne continues to teach Evidence-Based Radiology and Practice to Radiology and Radiation Oncology trainees on behalf of the Faculty of Radiologists in Ireland. 

Read Anne's story 
Meet the tutor

Stephanie Tierney - Module Coordinator for Introduction to Synthesising Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods in Health Research

As a health services researcher, I have worked within primary and secondary care settings, as well as in social care. I have conducted studies covering a range of conditions, including diabetes, cystic fibrosis, heart failure, cleft lip/palate, dementia and eating disorders.

I have an interest and expertise in evidence synthesis, qualitative research and mixed methods studies. I work at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine where I co-ordinate two modules: Mixed Methods in Health Research and Introduction to Synthesising Qualitative Research. The latter is a new course that will introduce students to a range of ways to combine qualitative studies. We will cover key questions to consider when planning and executing a qualitative synthesis (e.g. is it aggregative or configurative, how do you search for literature, what stages are involved in combing data, what role does critical appraisal play in this type of research?). 

My current research centres on social prescribing. This involves addressing the ‘non-medical’ issues (environmental, economic, social) that can affect people’s health and well-being by linking them to appropriate community assets (e.g. groups, organisations, charities, events, activities). I co-lead a network of academics, practitioners, providers and members of the public with an interest in social prescribing. Going forward we plan to conduct research centred on the implementation of social prescribing schemes within primary care and to develop a strong evidence base in this field.

An interest in social prescribing has resulted in my volunteering at a local theatre and a local walking group. I am also a keen tap dancer in my spare time.

Upcoming courses
The following postgraduate courses are now open for 2020/21 applications: 
MSc Evidence-Based Health Care
MSc in EBHC Medical Statistics
MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews
PG Diploma in Health Research
PG Cert in Health Research
PG Cert in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care
PG Cert Qualitative Health Research Methods

There are also places still available on a number of our 2019/20 short courses, including: 
Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care - 20-24 January 2020
Developing Practice in Medical Education - 3-7 February 2020 
Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening - 10-14 February 2020
Systematic Reviews - 2-6 March 2020
Complex Reviews - 2-6 March 2020
Big Data Epidemiology - 23-27 March 2020
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods - 30 March – 3 April 2020
Upcoming events
Come along to one of our free talks:

Alcohol and cardiovascular disease risk: Evidence from epidemiology
Friday 6 December 2019, 12.30pm

Health policy evaluation: can the stepped-wedge design help determine which health policies are effective and important
Monday 9 December 2019, 5.30pm

The importance of a mixed methods approach in primary care research
Wednesday 29 January 2020, 5.00pm

EBMLive 2020
6-8 July 2020
The conference is being hosted outside of the UK for the first time, partnering with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto. 

Both Registration and Call for Abstracts are open for this event

EBHC Podcast Series
Listen to the latest podcasts, including:
Talk Evidence - eating less, drinking less, drug approval data

Everything is a poison

Safe and effective drugs: The need to use all the available evidence to inform the effectiveness of commonly used medicines

Big data in heart failure - opportunities and realities

Listen to all our EBHC podcasts
MSc Programme Videos
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