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Table 1 Overview of the clinically integrated e-learning course compared to lecture based course in evidence-based medicine (EBM)

From: The effectiveness of a clinically integrated e-learning course in evidence-based medicine: A cluster randomised controlled trial

Clinically integrated e-learning course and Lecture based course
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 at http://www.ebm-unity.org
   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
Assessment:
Multiple choice questions to test knowledge and questionnaire to test attitudes
Clinically integrated e-learning course Lecture based course
Learning/teaching methods
Knowledge needs identification in the clinical setting Traditional lecture-based course using the power point slides from the e-learning modules
Participants to pursue independent study by using the e-learning modules Lectures presented during 2–4 sessions
Interaction with facilitator throughout the course Interaction with the tutor only during lecture