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Setting the results of individual studies in context
  1. Iain Chalmers, MSc (Soc Med)
  1. Director, UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK.

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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 …

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