How are "teaching the teachers" courses in evidence based medicine evaluated? A systematic review
1 CASPolska, 32-400 Myślenice, ul. Mickiewicza 40, Poland
2 Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust, Metchley Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TG, UK
3 University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TG, UK
4 Agency for Quality in Medicine, Wegleystrasse 3, 10623 Berlin, Germany
5 TUDOR EBM Network, University of Szeged, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical Centre, Semmelweis u. 6, H-6725 Szeged, Hungary
6 Universita Cattolica del Sacro Curoe, Via Emilia Parmense 84, 29100 Piacenza, Italy
7 Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Hebelstrasse 10, CH 4031 Basel, Switzerland
8 Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9 Centre d'épidémiologie clinique, IUMSP, Bugnon 17, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland
BMC Medical Education 2010, 10:64 doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-64Published: 29 September 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.