Book Review: Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Governance Made Easy

The book reviewed here is ‘Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Governance Made Easy. Fourth Edition’ by Chambers, Ruth and Rogers. The book looks at the governance and focuses on the use of research, audit and evaluating the evidence base.  Being the fourth addition is testimony to the success of this book and it is easy to see why.  The information is laid out clearly with just enough detail to allow the reader to understand the overall structure as well as the individual processes.  The book is interspersed with humerous cartoons that make the reading that little bit easier.  However a particular strength of this book lies in the clearly delineated processes that the clinician can use in their practice as well as a number of invaluable resource particularly those for developing an evidence based practice.  The explanations are also concise adding to the appeal.  A librarian with a special interest and expertise in clinical effectiveness helped in the development of this book.  A number of useful databases beyond Medline and the Cochrane library are identified and discussed.  Search strategies for use with databases are explained and the authors systematically outline the method for appraising different types of research papers.  These are complete with worked case examples. This a very accessible introduction to clinical governance and concretely outlines a methodology for monitoring performance and translating the evidence base into practice.


Ruth Chambers, Elisabeth Ruth and David Roger’s. Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Governance Made Easy. Fourth Edition. 2007. Radcliffe publishing.


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