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Where’s the evidence for teaching evidence-based medicine?

17 Dec, 15 | by BMJ Clinical Evidence

Dragan Ilic photoBy Dragan Ilic

The term evidence-based medicine (EBM) was first coined in the 1990s, with the aim of promoting the greater integration of evidence with clinical experience and patient values in medical decision making. EBM has since blossomed into an inter-disciplinary field, being adopted across medicine, nursing, allied health, health policy, and biomedical and health research. What initially began as EBM, has since evolved into evidence-based practice (EBP), evidence based clinical practice (EBCP) and evidence-based health care (EBHC). The last decade has seen the discipline embedded as a foundation unit across many medical, nursing and health science courses.
As someone who has been involved with the teaching of EBM to medical students for over a decade, I’ve always been curious to identify new strategies that may improve the student learning experience. more…

GATE – a Graphic Appraisal Tool for Epidemiological studies

12 Nov, 15 | by BMJ Clinical Evidence

Rod Jackson head shotBy Rod Jackson

The Graphic Appraisal Tool for Epidemiological studies (GATE) is a simple, easily remembered toolkit to help you critically appraise epidemiological studies that includes one picture, two equations and three acronyms. GATE uses a picture of a triangle, circle, square and two arrows to represent the generic structure of epidemiological studies. We call this picture ‘the GATE frame.’ All common epidemiological study designs, from randomised controlled trials to case-control studies, can be illustrated using a GATE frame. While the GATE approach to critical appraisal covers the same ground as other critical appraisal guides, its point of difference is its generic graphic framework that emphasises the similarities between all study designs. With GATE, your goal is to ‘hang’ a study on the GATE frame as follows: more…

Mobile Technology in Healthcare – Musings of an Information Specialist

6 Aug, 15 | by BMJ Clinical Evidence

iPad in medical library- landscapeBy Olwen Beaven

The advance of mobile technology has been amazing, opening up a whole world of resources to people wherever they are, enabling someone to create their own digital material and share their thoughts, ideas and images, whilst on the go. The use of the internet and social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, seems to dominate our everyday lives, so it is no surprise that the use of mobile phones and tablets would make their presence felt in the healthcare workplace. more…

Addressing gaps in evidence

9 Apr, 15 | by BMJ Clinical Evidence

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an approach that—in addition to clinical experience and patient preferences—takes into account existing research evidence to draw conclusions on the best approach for the care of individual patients. It is a key tool for clinical decision making as the need to balance research, new tests and treatments, and available resources with clinical experience and patient requirements continues to be an important focus in healthcare. more…

Simply making evidence simple

20 Mar, 15 | by BMJ Clinical Evidence

by James McCormack and Mike Allan

James McCormackMike Allan

In an ideal world in which shared decision making is practiced with impunity, health care providers need—at their fingertips—an appreciation and understanding of (as well as access to) the best available evidence for the main medical conditions they see on a day-to-day basis. more…

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