Setting the results of individual studies in context
- Iain Chalmers, MSc (Soc Med)
- Director, UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK.
Felicitations on the birth of Evidence-Based Nursing (EBN) and best wishes for the future. I was particularly glad to see that you have made a start on working out how to select reliable studies reporting qualitative data.
The first issue of EBN prompts me to write with a suggestion which I hope you will consider implementing as the journal matures. I think it is potentially misleading to concentrate on abstracting individual studies (as EBN has begun to) unless either the authors or the …