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EBM for librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity

Please see the announcement the EBM for Librarians class, to be held in Peoria in July. I took this class in Chicago at the end of March, and it was EXCELLENT - I highly recommend it. Let me know if you have any questions! -Liz

EBM for librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity.

This 3 day class will be offered in Peoria, Il on July 16, 17, and 18, 2008

Introduction to EBM: Research Design and Searching Tools - Day 1
Critically Appraising the Medical Literature for Validity; Diagnosis and Therapy - Days 2 & 3


Day 1 places an emphasis on the first two steps of the EBM process: formulating a searchable clinical question and efficiently searching the literature. Tools available to facilitate the EBM process will be introduced. These tools include PubMed Clinical Queries, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Practice Guidelines and other electronic resources available. The course will provide an overview of levels of evidence, research design, and bias in publication. Librarians will have the opportunity to work as teams, each sharing his/her unique perspective and knowledge.

Days 2 and 3 provide an in-depth exploration of the third step of the EBM process - critically appraising the medical literature for validity. Days 2 and 3 focus on the evidence based medicine process of critically appraising therapy and diagnosis articles for validity and by analysis of results. In the context of analyzing journal articles and answering case-based clinical questions, an in-depth understanding of the statistical concepts used in the medical literature will be covered. A focus will be placed on the epidemiological concepts fundamental to understanding the clinical literature such as number needed to treat, absolute risk reduction, likelihood ratio, confidence interval and intention to treat.

COST: $375 [includes 21 MLA CEs, Lunch (all 3 days), Workbook and Materials, Coffee, Snacks]

CE HOURS: This course has been approved for 21 MLA CE hours.

FACULTY: Sandra De Groote, MLIS; Cleo Papas, MLIS; Peg Burnette, MLIS; Jo Dorsch, MALS; Jordan Hupert, MD; Leo Niederman, MD;

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