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J R Soc Med. 2008 Oct;101(10):493-500. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.2008.080712.

Tips for teaching evidence-based medicine in a clinical setting: lessons from adult learning theory. Part one.

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Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust, Women's Unit, Solihull Hospital Lode Lane, Solihull, West Midlands, UK.


Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an indispensable tool in clinical practice. Teaching and training of EBM to trainee clinicians is patchy and fragmented at its best. Clinically integrated teaching of EBM is more likely to bring about changes in skills, attitudes and behaviour. Provision of evidence-based health care is the most ethical way to practice, as it integrates up-to-date, patient-oriented research into the clinical decision making process, thus improving patients' outcomes. In this article, we aim to dispel the myth that EBM is an academic and statistical exercise removed from practice by providing practical tips for teaching the minimum skills required to ask questions and critically identify and appraise the evidence and presenting an approach to teaching EBM within the existing clinical and educational training infrastructure.

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