The aim of this module is to introduce the basic concepts and skills of Evidence-Based Health Care.
How good are you at reading a paper? What are the major biases in clinical trials that you should look out for? How good are your critical appraisal skills? These are the skills that will be developed in our practice workshop.
Teaching will be led by Prof Carl Heneghan, thats me, and I am the Academic Director of all award bearing courses within the Evidence-Based Health Care Studies Programme and Director for the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine, and also Dr Annette Plüddemann who is the Director of the Oxford Horizon Scanning Programme, and is a whiz with diagnostic studies.
The residential part of the course is a full week in Oxford. The days are from 9 to 5, and on some of the evenings there are additional. This is followed by an online forum and e learning culminating in an assessment at week 8.
Its is hard work, but a lot of fun and you will meet like minded, enthusiastic colleagues who will like you be interested in changing practice for the better.
It is a simple philosophy we stick to: before you go on to do research or implement change in practice, you really need to be able to tell what is good research from bad.