ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE IN MEDICAL STUDENTS AND DOCTORS IN A PAKISTANI HEALTH CARE SETTING
AbstractBackground: Evidence based practice promotes self assessment and ensures delivery of up to datecare to patients. The concept of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) in developing countries is still inits infancy where strong opinions drive patient care. Methods: We conducted a cross sectionalsurvey to explore the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes regarding EBM in final year medicalstudents and physicians of our institution. The survey was distributed to all students and residents ofthe college and the affiliated hospital. Results: The response rate was 57% (74/130). Seventy-onepercent (53/74) of respondents were not aware of EBM. Out of these, 38 were medical students and15 were house officers. Only 16 (9 students and 7 doctors) admitted that they had heard about EBM.Those who heard about EBM recognised its importance in patient care. Teaching at both under- andpostgraduate level was strongly suggested. Participants recognised the need for EBM skills andexpertise. Financial constraint was considered as the main hindrance in practicing EBM.Conclusion: The concept of EBM is still alien to most of the students and residents at our institution.There is need for incorporating formal teaching of EBM at all levels of medical education.Keywords: Medical education, Evidence based medicine, Undergraduates
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