Teaching Evidence-Based Practice Through a Free, Modularized Online Tutorial

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  • Most health professions learners are required to learn skills related to evidence-based practice (EBP). The "Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice" website tutorial was originally created as a partnership between two institutions over 10 years ago, and the tutorial has been a required component in health professions curricula around the world. An opportunity became available to create a new version of the tutorials as part of a larger health system project. As such, the objective was to evaluate the existing tutorial as well as user feedback to inform the development of revised and expanded modules that promote interactivity and engagement. To determine current satisfaction with content and delivery, we analyzed 5 years of feedback from learners, representing over 10,000 responses. Analysis showed that 89% of learners completed the existing tutorial as a course requirement. Nearly 75% of learners rated the content as easy to understand, almost 80% rated the tutorial as well-organized, and 81% rated the tutorial as easy to navigate. Strengths of the existing tutorial included the quizzes, the ability to practice with cases, and its clear organization. Weaknesses were that it is too wordy, too long, and presented too much information for one training module. Enhancement requests included more videos and opportunities to practice via questions and examples. To address these concerns, two subject matter experts adapted the content from the original tutorial into a series of seven modules. The resulting new tutorials are available for free online. One new critical appraisal topic was added. New media types were added through the use of blended animation and voiceovers. Interactivity was added by requiring learners to read articles and answer questions about validity. Engagement was promoted through the use of patient cases relevant across disciplines and settings. The existing tutorials are being maintained for a trial period of 1 year. Satisfaction and usage are being monitored to evaluate acceptance and uptake of the new tutorials. Next steps include integrating the tutorials into curricula of undergraduate and graduate medical education.
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