This tutorial is intended as a basic introduction to the principles of
Evidence-Based Medicine for medical students in the Neurophysiology
section of the Medical Physiology course (PE-8616). Upon completion of
this self-paced tutorial, you will be able to:
tutorial is not designed to teach you how to search for evidence in the
large scale, primary research literature index databases like MEDLINE,
PubMed, and EMBASE. Instead, this tutorial teaches how to find evidence
in the new generation, point-of-care knowledge databases like: DynaMed,
UpToDate, and FIRSTConsult. These knowledge databases provide
evidence-based answers to specific clinical questions quickly enough
for real-time clinical scenarios.
To start the tutorial go to the first section, What is EBM: Patient Care Model.
tutorial teaches you basic principles and concepts of EBM. For more
information about EBM resources and research, see Evidence-Based Medicine.
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How to use this Tutorial
units in this tutorial are always listed at the top of the screen. You
may leave a unit at any time, start over at any time, or even skip a
section.Each unit of this tutorial is a web page. The topics covered in
a unit appear at the top of each unit page. Click on a topic to go
directly to that section. This tutorial includes five major units. We
recommend that you go through them in sequence. They will give you an
overview of the Evidence-Based Medicine process as well as give you an
opportunity to practice with new cases. The five units are:
In addition to the above units, this tutorial includes the following sections:
- What is Evidence-Based Medicine?
provides definitions and explains the steps in the EBM process.
- The Well-Built Clinical Question introduces
you to a patient, illustrates the anatomy of a good clinical question,
and defines the types of questions and studies.
- Finding the Evidence
finds the best evidence using first choice point-of-care databases.
- Evaluating the Evidence
identifies criteria for determining the validity of a study.
- Testing your Knowledge
gives you an opportunity to practice the EBM process with several new cases.
- References and Glossary
you to additional sites for continued study of the EBM process, and
defines some of the terms used in EBM. All cited references are
included in this unit.
you the opportunity to provide feedback about this tutorial. We ask
that you take the time to give us your thoughts and suggestions for
improvement. All comments will be greatly appreciated.
this tutorial, you have several opportunities to follow links to other
web sites. The external sites open in a new window. Close the second
window to return to this tutorial.
We hope this
tutorial will be easy to use as well as give you a foundation for the
process of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM).
Allow approximately 2 hours to complete the tutorial and 1 practice case.