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BMJ. 2002 Dec 7;325(7376):1338-41.

Do short courses in evidence based medicine improve knowledge and skills? Validation of Berlin questionnaire and before and after study of courses in evidence based medicine.

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Department of Nephrology, Charite-Campus Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop and validate an instrument for measuring knowledge and skills in evidence based medicine and to investigate whether short courses in evidence based medicine lead to a meaningful increase in knowledge and skills.

DESIGN:

Development and validation of an assessment instrument and before and after study.

SETTING:

Various postgraduate short courses in evidence based medicine in Germany.

PARTICIPANTS:

The instrument was validated with experts in evidence based medicine, postgraduate doctors, and medical students. The effect of courses was assessed by postgraduate doctors from medical and surgical backgrounds.

INTERVENTION:

Intensive 3 day courses in evidence based medicine delivered through tutor facilitated small groups.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Increase in knowledge and skills.

RESULTS:

The questionnaire distinguished reliably between groups with different expertise in evidence based medicine. Experts attained a threefold higher average score than students. Postgraduates who had not attended a course performed better than students but significantly worse than experts. Knowledge and skills in evidence based medicine increased after the course by 57% (mean score before course 6.3 (SD 2.9) v 9.9 (SD 2.8), P<0.001). No difference was found among experts or students in absence of an intervention.

CONCLUSIONS:

The instrument reliably assessed knowledge and skills in evidence based medicine. An intensive 3 day course in evidence based medicine led to a significant increase in knowledge and skills.

PMID:
12468485
PMCID:
PMC137813
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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