Evidence-Informed Practice: Faculty Training Program

Evidence-informed practice (EIP), also known as evidence-based practice (EBP), evidence-based health care (EBHC) and evidence-based medicine (EBM), is a discipline which focuses on how and when to integrate research results into clinical decision making. The skills include critical thinking, literature searching, critical appraisal, and the art of blending science with the intangibles of clinical experience and patient preference. Each faculty member within his/her education niche plays a role in teaching students how to use and refine these skills.

This course is offered free-of-charge.

Course Description

This course is targeted for clinicians and faculty who wish to increase their evidence-informed practice skills. It also includes some teaching tips for those that wish to incorporate some of this knowledge into their respective teaching responsibilities in the classroom or the clinics.

Course Goals

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

    • Develop a searchable clinical question
    • Develop a search string
    • Identify appropriate databases and other resources
    • Describe a variety of reported clinical outcomes (NNTs, LRs, ORs, RRs pain scales), appreciating  their clinical significance, statistical significance, and precision
    • Explain the advantages and limitations of a variety of research designs and reviews
    • Identify the quality of a variety of clinical research studies (e.g., therapy, harm, diagnosis, prognosis)
    • Explain the issues involved in the generalizability of research results and the application to individual patients

Course Topics

    • EIP Overview
    • Information Mastery
    • Rapid Assessment of Therapeutic RCTS
    • Reading & Understanding Research Results
    • Therapy Studies
    • Pre-Appraised Literature
    • Diagnostic Studies
    • Harm Studies

Structure of Course

  1. Resources or activities. A combination of reading narrative text on the screen and watching pre-taped videotaped lectures.
  2. Quizz(es) or assessments. Self graded quizzes with annotated answers.
  3. Time.  Time is not tracked for this course. Take as much time as you need to work through the various lessons.

Cost of course - FREE

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