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Speciality Videos: The Medical Misinformation Mess & Why Critical Appraisal Matters

1. "Medical Misinformation Mess" Solutions— Communicating Reliable & Useful Evidence Must be at the Heart of Clinical Quality Improvement for Good Outcomes, Value & Informed Consent 11 min

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Much published medical science is of uncertain reliability. This can hurt patients through missed opportunities for right care, risk for harms and waste and insufficient information to choose decisions most right for them. Here are our recommendations for change to give patients the care that is their right and that they deserve.

2. Critical Appraisal Matters—Stories: COX2s—The Power of Reliable and Useful Evidence to Improve Outcomes, Value & Informed Consent 20 min

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Much published medical science is of uncertain reliability. This can hurt patients through missed opportunities for right care, risk for harms and waste and insufficient information to choose decisions most right for them. Here are a few stories of why critical appraisal of the medical literature is needed to provide patients with reliable information to make good decisions.

3. Delfini Book: About "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You—A Guide for Patients" 9 min

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Many times patients accept medical advice without understanding they have a choice. Many times patients are given medical advice that is not supported by reliable science. In many cases, these situations have resulted in harms to patients they might have avoided if they understood some little known facts about the health care world and communicated with their health care providers differently.

This book is about the need for you to sometimes change the course of your care based on the medical information you receive—or have not received. This book is about how to talk to your doctors and other care providers to improve your opportunities for getting the information you need to make health care choices that are best for you.

For a compelling journey about this book, go to the book's website where you will also find our video...

Instructional Videos: Critical Appraisal

4. "How to Critically Appraise A Medical Research Study: Fast . Efficient . Effective" 19 min

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There are many reasons why all health care professionals need to be able to quickly appraise a clinical trial or other medical research study. Try our simple, effective, fast method for evaluating a study for reliability and relevance. More information and help is available at www.delfini.org including free tools and more tutorial help. Books are available as well through the website via Amazon.

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http://www.delfini.org/Delfini_Pearls_Basics_Therapy_Superiority.pdf

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http://www.delfini.org/Delfini_Tool_StudyValidity_Short.pdf

Embedded Demo Only—"How to Read a Medical Research Study: The Quick Mark-up Method" 4 min

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5. "Measures of Outcomes" 22 min

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Tutorial for measures of outcomes. This video discusses some standard measures of outcomes—or statistics that show the size of differences between the results from the study groups—used in clinical studies.  Covered in this video are absolute risk reduction, number-needed-to-treat, odds ratio, relative risk, and relative risk reduction.

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