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Former EBM I Literature Review Requirements: Paper Topics Ideas

This guide has information about the literature review assignment for the Evidence Based Medicine I course at NEOMED.

Ideas for Paper Topics

These are only ideas for paper topics, you are not limited to these topics.  You may choose your own paper topic as long as it meets the criteria listed in the guide.  Please see Professor McEwen if you questions about your topic choice.

Articles for Your Paper

You are not limited to freely available journal articles. The NEOMED library and OhioLINK provide access to many online journals. You may also order for free any articles that you need for assignments from journals that OhioLINK and NEOMED does not have online access via ILLiad.

Need an article?

If you know the title of the article/item that you are trying to access, then enter it in the following search box. This search box will provide full-text links to our holdings. 

Need full-text access to an article/book that NEOMED Library does not have?

If you are affiliated with NEOMED, you can request journal articles or books via interlibrary loan when NEOMED Library does not already have access to the resource. This interlibrary loan service is provided through ILLIAD. You may register for ILLIAD at NEOMED affiliation will be verified before article requests will be filled. 

Articles will be delivered to your ILLIAD account and will be accessible for 30 days. You are free to download and save a copy of this article in PDF form from your account within those 30 days. Please email with questions. 

General Information on Paper Topics

You will have the choice of one of the following topics for your literature review (see the drop down list for paper topic ideas). Your paper will discuss current research and look for future trends. You will need to compare two medications/treatments/programs/dosage forms in regards to some aspect of treatment of a disease or condition. 

Comparing a drug to a placebo is NOT allowed for the paper. You could write about comparing Lipitor to diet and exercise for treating high cholesterol (comparing a drug to another treatment). The topic can look at drugs to treat the disease / condition in general or some specific aspect of the disease (such as breast cancer rather than just cancer in general). Medical students can also compare two non-pharmacological treatments. At the end of this guide is a list of possible topics. You are not limited to these topics. You may choose your own topic if you like.

An example of a topic is: Comparing rosuvastatin to atorvastatin for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. I would like a review article to give background information for the paper introduction so I chose:

Schachter M. Chemical, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of statins: an update. Fundam Clin Pharmacol. 2005;19(1):117-25.

Your review article may focus on one or both the drugs/treatments or the disease/condition. It may provide you with background information for the introduction and discussion sections of your paper. It does not need to be a systematic review or meta-analysis.

I would also need to choose one of the two research articles that compare rosuvastatin to atorvastatin.

Jones P, Hunninghake D, Ferdinand K, Stein E, Gold A, Caplan R, et al. Effects of rosuvastatin versus atorvastatin, simvastatin, and pravastatin on non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, apolipoproteins, and lipid ratios in patients with hypercholesterolemia: additional results from the STELLAR trial. Clin Ther. 2004;26(9):1388-99.

Qu H, Xiao Y, Jiang G, Wang Z, Zhang Y, Zhang M. Effect of atorvastatin versus rosuvastatin on levels of serum lipids, inflammatory markers and adiponectin in patients with hypercholesterolemia. Pharm Res. 2009;26(4):958-64.

The two research articles are both randomized control trials and both compare rosuvastatin to atorvastatin to treating hypercholesterolemia.

Choosing Your Literature Review Topic and Articles

Inter-Library Loan