Teaching evidence-based practice: a survey of UK's higher education provision

A. Dewey, Taraneh Dean, Derek Ward, J. Harris

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Evidence-based practice (EBP) ensures that clinical health management decisions are based on valid, reliable and relevant evidence determined by sound research and evaluation. It is a key element of both the clinical governance and clinical effectiveness agendas. Clearly, there is a need to provide adequate educational and professional attributes to meet this increasing demand. The aim of this research was to identify and map all UK postgraduate courses that focus on EBP within health- and social-care services. Electronic searching of internet databases and all UK postgraduate electronic prospectuses using the broad term ‘evidence based’ was undertaken. Course details and prospectuses were obtained and reviewed, where available. In total, 12 postgraduate courses were identified. These could be broadly categorized into two distinct groups: five courses focused on health-care sciences designed for multidisciplinary health professionals and seven targeted clinical specialities. UK universities therefore provide relatively few courses in EBP. Two models of EBP education appear to be developing, which either specifically target EBP as a separate component of the curriculum or integrate into existing subjects. Further evaluation is needed to determine the relative merits of each.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


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