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Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Professionals

EBP for Heath Care Professionals course offered by the Value Institute

Evidence-Based Practice Course Description

A course by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Value Institute

This course is designed to teach evidence-based practice (EBP) skills that will enable staff to conduct extensive evaluations of existing literature to improve patient care. The program provides a comprehensive overview of EBP, and the components essential for implementation of EBP in a clinical setting.  It is designed to focus on skills needed to critically evaluate new information available from research findings and professional consensus statements. Essential tools for clinical inquiry are addressed, including: developing PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) questions, exploring levels of evidence, evaluating existing clinical guidelines, and critically analyzing and appraising research articles using the GRADE criteria. The course provides important knowledge for integrating evidence into order sets and summaries that provide support for excellence in clinical practice. During the course, each individual or interprofessional team will update or develop a clinical decision support tool (e.g., order set, BPA, smart phase, flowsheet) or formal policy/protocol. 

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the major components of the EBP process.
  2. Produce current state process map.
  3. Develop clinical question(s) using PICO format.
  4. Search databases for evidence.
  5. Critically analyze research articles using hierarchy of evidence and GRADE criteria.
  6. Analyze stakeholder engagement.
  7. Determine appropriate metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of EBP implementation.
  8. Identify barriers to success.
  9. Develop countermeasures and implementation plan.
  10. Synthesize collected evidence to develop clinical decision support tools or hospital policy, and a written EBP summary.