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Volume 20. Anecdotal Evidence

Volume Editor: Rupert Fawdry (so far) 

If interested in the possibility of editing this volume  Click here

To see a sample page www.fawdry.info/eepd/20_ane/Sample20.pdf

Discussion Links: None specific so far. Use www.eepd.org.uk



Intended to be a repository for anecdotal stories from any source which might eventually be linked to the standardised maternity and neonatal electronic patient record data set.


Doctors and Midwives often discuss individual personal experiences.  The idea behind this part of the encyclopaedia is to provide a way for such stories to reach a wider audience. At the time of a R.I.O. there might then be an opportunity for a direct link to such anecdotes.  For example at the time of the arrival on labour ward in labour, the information that the presentation is a Breech would lead to an offer to use the link to anecdotal experiences concerning vaginal Breech deliveries. By this means stories about individual Breech Birth experiences could be grouped together on a web site in a way which might eventually stimulate fresh ideas and research.  (Updated June 2009)



Older obstetricians valued one obstetric textbook as above all others.  It was called “Ian Donald’s Practical Obstetric Problems” and one of its great strengths was that it told you of cases that went wrong as well as cases that went right.  Sadly, for legal reasons, it is unlikely that we will ever see an updated version of such a useful textbook.  A named author would fear that some of the cases described might be recognised and lead to litigation.


The EEPD is a way to use modern technology to allow an anonymous approach to the provision of the same kind of personal experience; not only to allow us to learn from the experience of others but also to allow the unusual to stimulate fresh thinking.


It is proposed that the EEPD makes use of the chronological electronic foundation provided by the E.E.P.D. Resource Document and the Logical Prioritisation Volumes to provide a way to link such anecdotes to specific electronic data items.


That is the proposal.  For the present it is more of an idea than a fully worked out volume of the EEPD but a start has been made with several such anecdotes.


Other sources may well provide a similar website; and if anyone knows of a similar initiative on the internet which could either be linked or integrated with this volume of the EEPD do get in touch.

Rupert Fawdry.  (Updated June 2009)


EEPD Volume 20. Anecdotal Evidence.

Anecdotes so far available




Web Links

Naturally there will often be other websites which may be relevant to this topic.  When this is so, it is intended that hyper-links should be created to supplement, or in some cases to replace, material available on the EEPD.  Such web-links are not always stable.  It therefore seemed best keep a copy of such hyper-links at the end of each volume of the EEPD so that they can be more easily checked on a regular basis.

Links so far

None yet documented for this Volume.


Help needed

The creation of the EEPD is such a massive enterprise that links to other websites, both to commercial and non-profits making, are essential to it’s long term usefulness.  If you know of any potentially worthwhile links please let the editors know so that others may benefit.  Also if anyone worldwide has time to use search engines such as google to identify any such links do get in touch urgently.  See also www.fawdry.info/eepd/HelpEdit.pdf





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