Arch Dis Child 95:945 doi:10.1136/adc.2010.201046
  • Miscellania
  • Archimedes

Towards evidence based medicine for paediatricians

Archimedes seeks to assist practising clinicians by providing ‘evidence-based’ answers to common questions that are not at the forefront of research but are at the core of practice (format adapted from BestBETS published in the Emergency Medicine Journal). A full description of the format is available online at

Readers wishing to submit their own questions – with best evidence answers – are encouraged to review those already proposed at If your question still hasn't been answered, feel free to submit your summary according to the instructions for authors at

It's how ineffective?

In the last Archimedes1 I discussed statistical significance, but this is only the first problem in deciding if something actually works. This column addresses …