Across London, paediatric trainees and trainers are focusing on evidence based medicine. Here are some ideas to think about.
From simply keeping up to date with the latest developments in their field, to discussing the evidence base for a particular treatment with parents – paediatricians must have an excellent understanding of evidenced based medicine.
With an increasing number of online health resources available to patients and healthcare practitioners, there is a growing need for modern doctors to be able to assess the quality of evidence behind a particular recommendation. Using evidenced based treatments has become a defining characteristic of the medical profession.
Key skills in evidenced based medicine include forming questions, searching for evidence, and critically appraising the results. Doctors must also understand how to put their findings into practice.
- know how Cochrane systematic reviews are developed and the principles of meta-analysis
- ensure that they are up to date in their practice and endeavour to promote evidence-based medicine where possible
- give an evidence based presentation
- critically analyse evidence based presentations
- understand the evidence base for common conditions
Courses and Resources
- RSM Day: Evidence Based Medicine, Tuesday 14th November 2017
- Cochrane Library: Child Health – a large collection of gold-standard systematic reviews http://www.cochranelibrary.com/topic/Child%20health/
- Evidenced based paediatrics articles from the BMJ: http://www.bmj.com/specialties/evidence-based-paediatrics
- Evidently Cochrane: Child Health – a series of easy to read articles on Child health topics which aim to make Cochrane evidence accessible http://www.evidentlycochrane.net/category/child-health-2/
- The centre for evidenced based medicine (CEBM) in Oxford run a range of introductory EBM courses http://www.cebm.net/category/education-training/
- A useful guide to critical appraisal: http://www.casp-uk.net/