EBP Workshops & Seminars
Index of EBP Workshops & Seminars
Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice (EBNP) online workshop - 3 half-days
27 January 2024
10 February 2024
24 February 2024
Why should you attend this workshop?
EBNP competencies are more essential than ever given the unprecedented growth in published nutrition evidence. Further, social media and artificial intelligence making it ever more difficult to discern what the best available evidence says for a given clinical or public health nutrition question. This workshop aims to boost participants' abilities in finding, critically assessing, interpreting, and applying the most pertinent and accessible research literature on nutrition and lifestyle in clinical practice and public health. Supported by National Institute of Health NIDDK R25 funds, this workshop was developed to address the demand for a specialized training event focused on nutrition and lifestyle as there is a scarcity of such opportunities in comparison to workshops that predominantly center around medicine, like McMaster University's 'Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop' (now retired after 30+ years) and Duke University's 'Duke Teaching and Leading Evidence-Based Practice.'
What to expect at this workshop?
Led by renowned educators and experts in evidence-based practice from Texas A&M, McMaster, Duke and Oxford University, with collaboration from colleagues at the National University of Natural Medicine, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and others, this online workshop will prioritize didactic lectures for foundational content followed by self-directed, interactive teaching designed to deepen trainees' comprehension of fundamental concepts in epidemiology, biostatistics and decisions sensitive to patient/client values and preferences, particularly in the context of clinical nutrition practice and policy.
While applicable to healthcare professionals across diverse disciplines, it's important to note that the examples and activities will predominantly focus on nutrition and lifestyle literature.
General learning objectives
The overarching objective of the workshop is to renew and enhance participants’ enthusiasm about learning and applying EBP knowledge, skills and attitudes and to kindle their imagination about ways to improve their learning and incorporation of the concepts into clinical or public health practice. After participation in the EBNP workshop, the learner will:
Advance their evidence-based practice skills
Understand and describe the process of incorporating evidence-based practice into clinical and public health practice
Apply evidence-based practice skills to real-world problems
Identify high quality evidence-based resources for the purpose of patient care and continuing education through independent learning
Example content/EBP concepts that may be covered in workshops:
1. Systematic error vs random error
2. Study designs (experimental versus observational)
Therapy or prevention
1. Evaluating risk of bias
a. Sampling and selection bias
c. Allocation concealment
d. Prognostic balance
f. Completeness of follow-up and missing outcome data
g. Intention-to-treat analysis
h. Per-protocol analysis
i. Complete case analysis
j. As treated analysis
k. Stopping trials early
2. Interpreting study results
i. Measures of effect
a. 2x2 tables
b. Relative Risk
c. Relative Risk Reduction
d. Absolute Risk Reduction
e. Number Needed to Treat (benefit and harm)
f. Odds Ratios
g. Mean Difference
ii. Statistical significance
iii. Precision of estimate of treatment effect
a. Confidence intervals
b. Number of events or observations
iii. Magnitude of treatment effect
a. Minimal Important Difference (MID)
b. Decision thresholds
3. Applying the results to patient care or policy
a. Study patients’/environment vs. clinical patient/environment
b. Balance of all important outcomes addressed (e.g., patient-reported outcomes)
c. Trading off desirable vs. undesirable health outcomes
d. Sufficient duration of follow-up
e. Interventional harms and costs
f. Values, preferences, beliefs and attitudes in decision-making
Summarizing the evidence
a. Review types
i. Narrative review
ii. Systematic review
iii. Systematic review and meta-analysis
iv. Systematic review and network meta-analysis
v. Systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis
b. Summary estimate or pooled estimate of effect
i. Relative Risk
ii. Odds Ratios
iii. Hazard Ratios
iv. Absolute Difference
v. Mean Difference
vi. Standardized Mean Difference units
vii. Ratio of Means
viii. Minimal Important Difference (MID) units
c. Forest Plots
ii. fixed and random effect models including DerSimonian-Laird, Peto, Hartung-Knapp models; frequentist vs Bayesian
d. Heterogeneity (visual inspection, statistical inspection including I2 and p-value and determining credibility of observed subgroup effects)
e. Reporting bias (e.g., outcome reporting and publication bias, funnel plots)
f. Moving from evidence to recommendations
i. Certainty of evidence (e.g., Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE)
ii. Evidence to decision frameworks (e.g., magnitude of effect, certainty of evidence and values and preferences, as well as cost considerations, equity, acceptability, and feasibility)
Schedule of the workshop
Click the PDF link here to get the detailed schedules of 3 half-days EBNP online workshop.
Registered Dietitians who have attended the online EBNP workshop have said the following:
Speaker was very good in using cases to explain what could have been a very complicated topic
Very helpful - fast but jammed pack with clear explanations and explanations...thank you!
The speaker was excellent and showed an organized process
Dr. McCoy was engaging, energetic and did a great job of explaining a difficult/dry subject.
27 January, 10 February and 24 February, 2024
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February 2024 update: Registration is at capacity for Days 1 and 2. We will reopen registration for Day 3 (February 10 - February 20). Those who have already registered for all 3 days do not need to register again.
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Duke Teaching and Leading EBP Workshop
For those inspired and interested in more, we’d highly recommend the 4-day (in person) Duke Teaching and Leading EBP workshop in April of each year.
Please visit this site for details.
Texas A&M faculty who have attended The Duke Workshop have said
Other offerings: For clinicians, influencers or faculty in nutrition, we are happy to consider offering a seminar or workshop online, or at your organization, on EBP relevant to teaching, clinical practice or policy-making.
Questions or problems? Please contact Bradley Johnston (Texas A&M University)
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I saw the history of where ebp started and was delighted to see the effect this workshop has had on the next generation of ebp tutors and clinicians who readily embrace and understand the many concepts that are important for patients wanting to make fully informed clinical decisions
I met the best EBP teachers who inspired me with their humility, humor and wisdom. The workshop really reinforced the love of learning, teaching, and connection with colleagues...
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