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Type: Journal article
Title: How are "teaching the teachers" courses in evidence based medicine evaluated? A systematic review
Author: Walczak, J.
Kaleta, A.
Gabrys, E.
Kloc, K.
Thangaratinam, S.
Barnfield, G.
Weinbrenner, S.
Meyerrose, B.
Arvanitis, T.
Horvath, A.
Zanrei, G.
Kunz, R.
Suter, K.
Burnand, B.
Arditi, C.
Oude Rengerink, K.
Harry, G.
Mol, B.
Khan, K.
Citation: BMC Medical Education, 2010; 10(1):64-1-64-5
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1472-6920
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Jacek Walczak ... Ben WJ Mol ... et al.
Abstract: BACKGROUND Teaching of evidence-based medicine (EBM) has become widespread in medical education. Teaching the teachers (TTT) courses address the increased teaching demand and the need to improve effectiveness of EBM teaching. We conducted a systematic review of assessment tools for EBM TTT courses. To summarise and appraise existing assessment methods for teaching the teachers courses in EBM by a systematic review. METHODS We searched PubMed, BioMed, EmBase, Cochrane and Eric databases without language restrictions and included articles that assessed its participants. Study selection and data extraction were conducted independently by two reviewers. RESULTS Of 1230 potentially relevant studies, five papers met the selection criteria. There were no specific assessment tools for evaluating effectiveness of EBM TTT courses. Some of the material available might be useful in initiating the development of such an assessment tool. CONCLUSION There is a need for the development of educationally sound assessment tools for teaching the teachers courses in EBM, without which it would be impossible to ascertain if such courses have the desired effect.
Keywords: Humans; Evidence-Based Medicine; Curriculum; Educational Measurement; Professional Competence; Faculty, Medical; Needs Assessment; Teaching; Databases, Factual; Educational Status; Europe
Rights: © 2010 Walczak et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020136792
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-10-64
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