Evidence-Based Practice: Getting Started

Introductory Workshop in Evidence-Based Practice

Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin
12th – 14th MARCH 2019

 Our Objectives:

  • To provide an environment in which participants from a range of backgrounds can be introduced to EBP
  • To help participants advance their searching, critical appraisal and EBP practice skills
  • To encourage long-term networking and resource sharing between individuals and institutions whose common aim is the use of EBP
  • To help participants increase their skills by employing one of the most effective means of learning we know about: small groups

Introductory Workshop in Evidence-Based Practice: Getting Started


Day One – Tues, March 12th

Session 1:  Introduction to EBP, formulating questions and introduction to tasks – Carl Heneghan, Niamh O’Rourke

Session 2:  Study Designs

Session 3: Small group work

Session 4: Finding Evidence and rapidly sifting  – Carl Heneghan

Day Two – Weds, March 13th

Session 1:  Critical Appraisal of RCTs 

Session 2: Small group work

Session 3:  Systematic Reviews:  facilitated Critical Appraisal – Carl Heneghan

Session 4: Small group work – Journal Club

Day Three – Thurs, March 14th 

Session 1: Appraising Diagnostic Studies –  Annette Pluddemann

Session 2: Small group work

Session 3: Group feedback  (Group Project instructions)

Session 4: Guidelines: Eve O’Toole and Sum up and Where to from here? – Carl Heneghan


Searching is a core component of EBP. These exercises are designed to help you before, and during, the workshop to efficiently find up to date evidence.

A mini tutorial on finding the evidence provided by Neal Thurley and Owen Coxall who regularly tutor on CEBM courses. It is recommended that you watch them in order.

This mini-tutorial shows you how to convert your search question into a search strategy that will work on any bibliographic database.

A video demonstration of how to get the best out of PubMed.

  • Searching exercise “warm-up”: This exercise is designed to help you walk through the process of going from your “PICO” question to the steps of a rapid search for the evidence.

Essential papers to read before the workshop:

In 1996, the BMJ published an editorial by Dave Sackett and others, in which they defined EBM as ‘the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.’

A cornerstone of evidence-based practice is the ability to assess the quality of the evidence and the research that underpins it. This is often easier said than done.

This paper demonstrated rapid adoption of the ethos and philosophy of evidence-based medicine by primary care doctors but also identified some of the early barriers to its implementation.

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