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Searching for reliable research evidence need not be difficult

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 27 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1435
  1. Trevor A Sheldon, professor (,
  2. Julie Glanville, information manager
  1. Department of Health Studies, University of York, York YO10 5DD
  2. NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD

    EDITOR—Samanta and Beardsley summarise their search for and use of research evidence to inform their treatment of a patient with low back pain due to sciatica that did not respond to conservative treatment.1 They are to be applauded for their explicit and conscientious use of research, but we are surprised by their method of searching for relevant systematic reviews and trials.

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