Evidence Based Health Practices – Block 1

Hey all, I hope everyone has enjoyed their summers and had a September as quick as mine! My September was quite…hectic you could say.

I was in a great concentration course called “Evidence Based Health Practices”, taught by a visiting professor from UBC. The class worked over the block through piles of medical/health literature and “debunked” various misconceptions and common beliefs. Did you know vitamin C doesn’t actually cure a cold? Well you do now! The majority of the class was spent looking at specific case studies that either students brought in or the professor thought would appeal to us. We looked at if running shoes had an effect on performance, what types of diet best help prevent cardiovascular health and many other common wonders of the health community.

The end of the class became a lot more student centered in which we took on 2 different types of projects. One of the projects was a systematic review in which students chose a question and then scoured the ALL the available literature to come up with a consensus. The second project could be based on the same question but was meant to be undertaken as a research question. Students looked for evidence to either support or refute their thesis. My personal project was looking into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). I focused my thesis into looking for a relationship between CTE and suicide, namely in NFL players. And what I found from my research was that while I couldn’t find a direct casual relationship between the two, I did find significant evidence that displayed that CTE and suicide do have some correlation. And coming to this conclusion helped me formulate my question! But I will save that for another post!

Have a great weekend.

Rav

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