Evidence-based critical ultrasound: a mission possible
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Published: 26 September 2009
Submitted original manuscriptarticle, which consists of various submissions from different authors, which qualifies certain EBM criteria, with particular encouragement to systemic reviews and meta-analysis articles.
Core knowledge article that deals with essential concepts of EBM and clinical research, e.g., study designs, odds ratio, reproducibility, inter and intra-observer variability, diagnostic accuracy, guideline development process, grading of recommendations, etc.
Publication review article that scans and summarizes research evidence and provides the bottom line in small synopsis. In addition to publications in critical care, emergency medicine, radiology and other journals, special focus will be given to secondary research sources, e.g., cochrane reviews, ACP journal, etc. A publication review articles can have a summary of two to four other articles.
Critical Appraisal article in which one major article recently published in the field is subjected to a thorough CAT with its four components, RVRA (Relevance, Validity, Result’s clinical significance and Applicability). The result’s clinical significance in MP (Magnitude and Percision) while Applicability in the IPP (Intervention, Population and Preferences) of the patient.
Clinical Practice Guidelines GPG/Recommendations that shed light on one of the internationally recognized (e.g., SCCM) guidelines/recommendations and on how to assess and implement these CPG/recommendations after possible local adaptation. Evidence profiling by GRADE system is also a potential scope .
We hope that this section of CUJ will help in evidence-based practice, whether this practice is establishing diagnosis, choosing intervention, assessing harm, making a clinical decision or estimating cost-effectiveness. We also hope that it will produce evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and recommendations in the field of critical ultrasonography. Despite that many people felt that the mission was impossible when the concept of critical ultrasound was initially introduced, it is now a reality. I am fully confident that with your contribution, the mission of the section of “Evidence-Based Critical Ultrasound” in this journal will be a mission possible.
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