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Introducing evidence based medicine to the journal club, using a structured pre and post test: a cohort study

Authors
  • Cramer, J Steven1
  • Mahoney, Martin C1
  • 1 State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, New York, USA , Buffalo (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Medical Education
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Nov 06, 2001
Volume
1
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-1-6
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

BackgroundJournal Club at a University-based residency program was restructured to introduce, reinforce and evaluate residents understanding of the concepts of Evidence Based Medicine.MethodsOver the course of a year structured pre and post-tests were developed for use during each Journal Club. Questions were derived from the articles being reviewed. Performance with the key concepts of Evidence Based Medicine was assessed. Study subjects were 35 PGY2 and PGY3 residents in a University based Family Practice Program.ResultsPerformance on the pre-test demonstrated a significant improvement from a median of 54.5 % to 78.9 % over the course of the year (F 89.17, p < .001). The post-test results also exhibited a significant increase from 63.6 % to 81.6% (F 85.84, p < .001).ConclusionsFollowing organizational revision, the introduction of a pre-test/post-test instrument supported achievement of the learning objectives with a better understanding and utilization of the concepts of Evidence Based Medicine.

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