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How are "teaching the teachers" courses in evidence based medicine evaluated? A systematic review

Walczak, Jacek and Kaleta, Anna and Gabryś, Elżbieta and Kloc, Krzysztof and Thangaratinam, Shakila and Barnfield, Gemma and Weinbrenner, Susanne and Meyerrose, Berit and Arvanitis, Theodoros N and Horvath, Andrea R and Zanrei, Gianni and Kunz, Regina and Suter, Katja and Burnand, Bernard and Arditi, Chantal and Oude Rengerink, Katrien and Harry, Gee and Mol, Ben WJ and Khan, Khalid S (2010) How are "teaching the teachers" courses in evidence based medicine evaluated? A systematic review. BMC Medical Education, 10 (1). p. 64. ISSN 1472-6920

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-10-64

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-64

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.

Type of Work:Article
Date:29 September 2010 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Subjects:R Medicine (General)
TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:BioMed Central
ID Code:578
Refereed:YES
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