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Our student bloggers are welcome to blog about any topic or issue related to evidence-based healthcare that interests them. However, if you’re thinking of blogging for Students 4 Best Evidence, and are unsure where to start, below are a list of suggested topics you might like to choose from.  

Browse under the headings of: tutorials, issues and debates within evidence-based healthcare, health in the media, and reviews of resources, and then email us before you start your blog so we can make sure no-one else has already chosen that topic!

Tutorials

  • Descriptive versus Inferential Statistics (an overview for beginners)
  • How do you interpret a survival curve?
  • How are effects on health equity assessed in systematic reviews? (a list of suggested resources is available on this topic
  • How to read a funnel plot (draft in progress)
  • Who was Archie Cochrane?
  • How to navigate a Cochrane Review: a guide for beginners
  • External versus Internal Validity: differences, similarities and examples
  • How do patients values and beliefs get taken into account when practising evidence-based healthcare?
  • How might patients be involved in prioritising research (An example is the James Lind Alliance)
  • What is a ‘ROC’ curve (receiver operator characteristics)?
  • What do we do when we can’t randomize?
  • Differences between systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • What are composite endpoints and their possible strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are ‘measures of effect’ and ‘measures of impact’?
  • What is ‘statistical interaction’ and biological interaction’?
  • What are the principles of data management and presentation in health research? How to present data effectively?
  • Qualitative research methodology (choose an area to present)
  • The art of communicating and presenting science
  • Tips for writing an academic article
  • Tips for designing an effective conference poster

Issues and debates within evidence-based healthcare

  • What evidence-based healthcare currently is vs. what it should be (in an ideal, but not necessarily unrealistic, world).
  • Is there enough emphasis on teaching evidence-based healthcare at University? What are your experiences of the integration of EBHC within your course?
  • Most randomised trials are bad and most trials participants will be in one. This statement is taken from a paper investigating the ongoing issue of bad health researchThis needs to stop, but how?
  • With the continuing popularity of patients seeking health information online, how does this impact the patient-physician relationship? It’s important to understand the implications of this and this systematic review is a good starting point for the debate.
  • Retractions (withdrawals) of journal articles are increasing (more than the publication rate of articles is increasing). Moreover, misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications. But how do some researchers get away with malpractice for so long and what is being done to tackle the issue? (See retractionwatch.com – a website keeping track of the authors who have had the highest number of retractions (e.g. for falsifying data)).
  • The role (and responsibility of!) the media for disseminating research to policy-makers, practitioners and patients.
  • The perverse incentives (publication, funding, promotion) in academia to produce positive results.
  • Making people sick in the pursuit of medicine’. The problems and harms associated with over-treatment (from over-detection, to over-diagnosis, to over-treatment).

Health in the media series

We’re also looking for students to continue our health in the media series, looking at the claims made in the media about various interventions and evaluating whether these claims are true to the evidence.

Reviews of resources

You could also choose to write a short, informal review of a learning resource, giving feedback on how useful you find them. You can find more information on this ‘help us review resources page or also on our ‘Library‘ page.

If you have any questions at all, please email Emma Carter at: general@students4bestevidence.net

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Emma Carter

I work at Cochrane UK as the Information and Administration Support Officer. As part of my role I facilitate the Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) website. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more or if you would like to get involved with S4BE. View more posts from Emma

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  • Henriette Schulz

    Hi Emma, my name is Henriette. I am a Digital Public Health student from Germany and would like to expand and share experiences and knowledge on different health-related topics. Further on I would like to improve my skills in scientific work, research and writing. I am already registered at S4BE but not quite sure about how to get started. May you help me with that?

    Thanks a lot

    30th November 2022 at 12:44 pm
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    • Emma Carter

      Hi Henriette. Thank you for getting in touch and your interest in S4BE. I have just authorised your registration to be a ‘Contributor’. If you have an idea for a blog, or like the idea of one of these suggested topics, then the first step is to email me at: general@students4bestevidence.net with your idea, and we will take it from there! Look forward to hearing from you.

      30th November 2022 at 12:53 pm
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  • Anagha M Nair

    Hi Emma, I am Anagha ,Medical Student from New Delhi , India.I would like to contribute to S4BE and develop my skills in writing and publishing reviews and articles. Kindly let me know how should I go about it to get this opportunity.
    Thanks and regards
    Anagha Nair

    10th June 2021 at 7:15 pm
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    • Emma Carter

      Hi Anagha. Thank you for getting in touch about wanting to blog for S4BE. I will send you an email with more details about how you can get involved. Thank you. Best wishes. Emma.

      11th June 2021 at 9:05 am
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  • Prabhu

    Hi this is Prabhu from india, im sports physiotherapist. Im interested in writing blog. Im very glad to write for research purpose and im the novice writing blog but ill try and ill do my best and writing blog for research i will also learn while writing Richard feynman ” If you want to master something, Teach it “ it will be useful for my Ph.d too and for my students. how should i contact you regarding the topics and i haven gone through few blogs and i forced to my students to have a look on this Students4bestevidence few of them have come up with clarity after visiting this blog. Thank you

    18th July 2020 at 5:05 am
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    • Emma Carter

      Hi Prabhu, thank you for getting in touch and for your interest in blogging for S4BE. I’ve sent you an email with more details in and I look forward to hearing from you!

      20th July 2020 at 9:46 am
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