Evidence-Based Practice and Policy Workshop
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University, College Station Campus
May 2023, to be confirmed
Our First EBPP Workshop
TAKES PLACE IN MAY 2023
What to expect at this workshop
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE AND POLICY
Evidence-Based Practice and Policy (EBPP) posits that health care providers should use the best available evidence, ideally from current, high-quality systematic reviews, together with clinical or real-world experience, to help patients and members of the public prevent, resolve, or cope with problems related to their health, according to their values and preferences. Clinically, the practice of EBPP involves the following steps:
Defining clinical questions in a way that allows clear answers (Ask)
Efficient searching for the best information to answer the question (Acquire)
Appraising the evidence to determine its strength (Appraise)
Extracting the clinical message from the information (Apply)
Applying that information to one’s patients, including weighing risks, benefits, costs, and inconveniences in the context of patient values and preferences (Act)
Currently, we perceive a need for methodologically sound EBPP skills training, particularly for healthcare providers and trainees that haven’t been extensively exposed to evidence-based practice and policy training.
This skills training workshop in EBPP is targeted at health professionals in clinical practice, clinicians in training, and faculty who teach evidence-based practice and policy curricula.
Problem based, interactive, and self-directed
IDENTIFY AND CHOOSE EBPP CONCEPTS
The Workshop will emphasize self-directed, problem-based, interactive learning based on large group lectures and small group breakout sessions. This approach focuses on presenting key background materials in large group sessions (e.g., lower vs higher quality systematic reviews and practice guidelines, risk of bias assessment, interpreting the importance of study results), and constructing one’s own learning in small groups, ultimately arriving at a solution to a problem or knowledge need through small group presentations and discussions. To do this, in small groups, you will identify and prioritize your knowledge needs and use teaching assignments, instructor guidance and discussions to articulate these concepts. For instance, participants will be asked to identify and choose core EBPP concepts (e.g., relative versus absolute treatment effects, how to interpret a confidence interval based on the minimal important difference) from healthcare domains related to therapy, prevention, or prognosis relevant to their clinical practice and/or teaching interests.
Overall, the large and small group sessions from the Workshop will emphasize the acquisition of knowledge from large group presentations, literature readings, the visceral experience of teaching your peers self-selected EBPP concepts, and from self-reflective and small-group feedback on teaching on EBPP concepts.
Please check “What to Expect” to get a better idea on the learning objectives. If it makes you interested to learn the concepts of evidence-based practice and policy or hone your evidence-based practice skills, grab the opportunity to join us in the week of May 2023!
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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