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Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry

Gregory E. Gray, M.D., Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-096-8
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Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry (EBP) is a must-have resource for informed decision-making in psychiatric practice today. This single, easy-to-use reference will enable practitioners to find answers to clinical questions, critically appraise articles, and apply the results of their findings to patients.

This practical handbook provides quick access to EBP theories, tools, and methods. Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry is a one-stop reference for using the literature to improve patient outcomes. Features include:

  • Practical—Filled with how-to information, Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry outlines the latest techniques for accessing, assessing, and interpreting the literature.
  • Easy to use—Includes many tables of essential websites for finding reliable information on the Internet, best-practice strategies for searching the medical literature.

Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry fills an important role as the first EBP text for teaching residents, who are now required to develop such skills to meet the ACGME practice-based learning and improvement core competency. Special features for pedagogical use include suggestions for teaching EBP in residency programs, profuse examples from the psychiatric literature, and worksheets for the critical appraisal of clinical trials, diagnostic tests, epidemiologic studies, studies of prognosis, and more.

Whether for self-study or use in residency programs, Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry is the best resource available to help practitioners apply current research findings to their work with patients.


  • Introduction to the Concise Guides Series
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to evidence-based medicine
  • Chapter 2. The 5-step evidence-based medicine model
  • Chapter 3. Asking answerable questions
  • Chapter 4. Searching for answers
  • Chapter 5. Clinical trials
  • Chapter 6. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Chapter 7. Clinical practice guidelines
  • Chapter 8. Diagnostic tests
  • Chapter 9. Surveys of disease frequency
  • Chapter 10. Studies of risk or harm
  • Chapter 11. Studies of prognosis
  • Chapter 12. Evaluating your performance
  • Chapter 13. Learning and practicing evidence-based psychiatry
  • Chapter 14. Teaching evidence-based medicine to psychiatry residents
  • Appendix A: Glossary
  • Appendix B: Statistical formulas and tables

About the Authors

Gregory E. Gray, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Clinical Epidemiology at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles; Chief of Psychiatry at King/Drew Medical Center; Medical Director of the Augustus Hawkins Mental Health Center; and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, in Los Angeles, California.

What a pleasant surprise to find this very readable book, which introduces the principles of evidence-based psychiatry while offering a brief primer on the basics of statistics, epidemiology, and how to critically read the literature. This concise guide manages to be both didactic and practical at the same time, and it transforms a potentially intimidating subject into one within the easy grasp of busy trainees, educators, and clinicians. Its publication is very timely, as the need to teach and learn evidence-based medicine has become an important component of resident education.—Ira Lesser, M.D., Director, Residency Training and Vice Chair, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

The Concise Guide to Evidence-Based Psychiatry contains a wealth of information about how to obtain necessary information in order to make good clinical decisions. It is also a well written, easy to read appetizer for elementary statistics and well referenced for those who want a full meal. No matter what one thinks/feels about evidence-based psychiatry, the hierarchies of evidence are vital for everyone who reads a journal article. This book deals in an excellent fashion with the 'best evidence' but does not ignore individual, patient clinical problems. This book can be recommended highly to all who seek information about evidence-based psychiatry. It is a must for all directors of residency training.—George Simpson, M.D., Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

This is a new and timely introduction to an important development in medicine-the need for physicians to be able to critically analyze the scientific literature and make clinical decisions based on this critical analysis. This book, written and edited by a psychiatric educator in the field, is a welcome aid to teaching evidenced-based psychiatry to psychiatric residents. . . . This is a valuable and useful introduction to evidence-based psychiatry. Every psychiatry residency training director as well as every psychiatric resident needs to be familiar with the material in this excellent book. I highly recommend it!—Michael J. Schrift, D.O., Doody's Health Science Book Reviews

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