The medical student perspective on how to fix evidence based medicine
A round-up from Evidence Live 2015
- By: Alice Buchan
At Evidence Live 2015 on 13-14 April, the pioneers and heavyweights of evidence based medicine (EBM) from across the world descended on Oxford to discuss the state, problems, and future of EBM. A student focused session tackled the competition question posed in Student BMJ’s February issue about whether EBM is broken, and if it is, how to fix it.1 We caught up with some of the winners2 and other students attending the conference to find out why EBM is important, the challenges it faces, and how they think it will develop in the future.
EBM teaching at medical schools is variable and sometimes limited,3 and this may result in junior doctors having limited critical appraisal skills or lacking the confidence to question the evidence behind treatment guidelines. Rod Jackson, professor of epidemiology at the University of Auckland, speaking on innovative teaching of EBM using the Graphic Appraisal Tool for Epidemiological