Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is defined as "the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values". The term was first used in the early 1990s by Professor Gordon Guyatt, now an internationally renowned medical researcher with over 800 peer-reviewed articles. EBM involves using clinical research findings to guide the delivery of optimum clinical care to patients. Optimal practice of EBM requires clinicians to efficiently access information, and to understand the implications of research findings.
This one-day conference will be suitable for anyone interested in evidence-based medical practise or considering, or involved in clinical research; it is aimed at clinicians and clinical researchers at any stage of their development. The aim is to facilitate healthcare professionals in their evaluation and appraisal of the evidence that supports clinical decision making and future research.
The morning session will focus on current clinical research in Ireland presented by speakers from University College Cork and National University of Ireland, Galway.
The afternoon seminar, "How to avoid being misled by the medical literature", will be conducted by Professor Gordon Guyatt. This is particularly relevant to front-line clinicians interested in using the medical literature optimally for patient care.
The seminar will highlight the importance of using a systematic approach to reading and applying the medical literature to individual patient care and will focus on three questions:
- Whether new information is likely to be true
- What the information says about patient care
- How the information can be used.
The focus of the morning is to expand the delegate’s knowledge of clinical research in Ireland. The focus of the afternoon is to equip the clinician/researcher with the tools needed to avoid the pitfalls of misleading presentations of information in the medical literature.