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Table 1 An overview of e-EBM course curriculum

From: Harmonising Evidence-based medicine teaching: a study of the outcomes of e-learning in five European countries

Aim: To familiarise course participants with evidence based medicine (EBM) basics

Target participants: Health professionals in a clinical setting.

Learning objectives:

Upon the completion of the course, participants should be competently able to:

   • generate structured questions arising from clinical problems in practice

   • search relevant literature, identifying systematic reviews wherever possible

   • assess the quality (validity) of systematic reviews and primary research included within them

   • assess the applicability of research findings in clinical practice

   • effectively implement the output from above activities into clinical practice

E-learning modules:

Five models provide learning materials

Module 1: Asking clinical questions

Module 2: Searching the evidence

Module 3: Critical appraisal of systematic reviews (and their constituent studies)

Module 4: Applicability of the evidence to the patient

Module 5: Implementation of evidence into practice

Learning/teaching methods

   • Participants to pursue independent study by using the e-learning modules and to undertake formal assessment


    Multiple choice questions to test knowledge

    Questionnaire to test attitudes