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The challenges of systematic reviews of educational research

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7513.391 (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:391
  1. Jill Morrison, professor of general practice (jmm4y@clinmed.gla.ac.uk)1
  1. 1 University of Glasgow, General Practice and Primary Care, Glasgow G12 9LX

    Littlewood et al present the results of a systematic review of the evidence in the medical education literature about how early experience contributes to the basic education of health professionals.1 Increasingly, emphasis is being given to basing decisions about teaching practice on evidence because the alternative is the PHOG approach: prejudices, hunches, opinions and guesses.2 The review was carried out under the auspices of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME, http://www.bemecollaboration.org/) collaboration, which aims to promote best evidence medical education through dissemination of information, producing systematic reviews and the creation of an evidence based culture. It attempts to synthesise the available evidence …

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