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Former EBM I Literature Review Requirements: Non-Medication related topics (A - OB/GYN Topics)

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

Cardiology related topics

  • Drug-eluting stents versus bare metal stents for treating angina
  • Drug-eluting stents versus bare metal stents for treating acute coronary syndromes
  • Stents versus primary balloon angioplasty for treating acute myocardial infarction
  • Leg compression versus bed rest for treating of deep venous thrombosis
  • Mediterranean diet versus another type of diet for the prevention of cardiovascular disease
  • Open surgical repair compared to endovascular repair in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Comparing the physician - pharmacist collaboration to usual care for the treatment of resistant hypertension

Diets / Nutrition

  • Comparing weight loss using a low-fat diet versus a low-carbohydrate diet
  • Comparison of a mobile app versus use of another type of diet for weight loss
  • Mediterranean diet and olive oil vs. low fat diet for preventing cognitive decline
  • DASH diet versus higher-fat DASH diet for treating hypertension
  •  Low fat versus ketogenic diets for weight loss

Gastrointestinal related topics

  • Sigmoidoscopy versus fecal occult blood tests for colorectal cancer screening
  • comparing laparoscopic to open appendectomy
  • Computed virtual chromoendoscopy versus conventional colonoscopy
  • Helicobacter pylori test-and-treat versus prompt endoscopy for treating dyspepsia


  • Exercise via tai chi for reducing falls in older adults
  • The effect of cognitive impairment on the risk of falling
  • Morning versus evening injection of teriparatide for treating (or preventing) osteorporosis
  • Comparing isosorbide mononitrate to alendronate for treating post menopausal osteoporosis

Infectious Diseases

  • Helicobacter pylori test-and-treat versus prompt endoscopy for treating dyspepsia
  • Comparing rapid antigen-detection tests to throat cultures for diagnosing Streptococcus infections

Neurology & Psychiatry

  • Comparing bed rest to staying active (exercise) for treating low back pain
  • Comparing anterior cervical discectomy with fusion to cervical discectomy without interbody fusion
  • Discogenic back pain: comparing surgical vs. nonsurgical treatments
  •  Comparing acupuncture and local anesthesia in the treatment of back pain
  • Acupuncture versus conventional care for chronic lower back pain
  • Acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, or usual care for treating chronic lower back pain
  • Yoga versus usual care for treating lower back pain
  • Yoga versus strength training for treating lower back pain
  • Yoga versus physical therapy for treating lower back pain
  • Treating treatment resistant depression with electroconvulsive therapy vs. isoflurane anesthesia
  •  Sertraline pharmacotherapy vs. electrical current therapy for treating depression
  • Comparing surgery to nonoperative for treating lumbar disc herniation
  • Comparing percutaneous laser disc decompression to conventional microdiscectomy for the treatment of sciatica
  • Comparing mindfulness-based stress reduction vs cognitive behavioral therapy to treat low back pain
  • Comparing mindfulness-based stress reduction to usual care to treat low back pain.
  • Comparing cognitive behavioral therapy to usual care to treat low back pain


  • Comparing laparoscopic hysterectomy to abdominal (open) hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy versus laparotomy in treating endometrial cancer
  • HPV screening versus pap smear for detecting cervical cancer
  • Yoga versus exercise for treating menopausal symptoms