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BestEvidence - a mobile app to facilitate evidence-based practice


Staff, Students, Alumni, Academics

The Centre for Health Services Research welcomes Professor Amanda Burls from the Division of Health Services Research and Management, City, University of London to discuss the BestEvidence app. Amanda is a Public Health Physician, with special interest in Evidence-Based Health Care and Public and Patient involvement in Health Care and Health Research. Amanda studied Medicine at University College London and later undertook five years specialist training in Public Health Medicine during which she obtained a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has been a senior fellow of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine since 1996. Amanda currently focuses her research on EBHC, online health research and public and patient involvement in health care and health research and she directs a project called ThinkWell.

This seminar will demonstrate the BestEvidence app and show participants how they can add it to their own smart phone. The app works with all smart phones, tablets and desktops. There will be a general discussion about: perceived utility; how the app can be used for users own clinical decision making and learning; how the app can be used with students; how the app can be used for implementation science research; future development.

BestEvidence is an app developed to enable users to

  1. Get fast access to high quality evidence at the point of need
  2. Actively reflected on the evidence and its meaning in their own context
  3. Keep a personal record of searching for, appraising and their interpretation of evidence
  4. Encourage evidence use by providing a record and feedback
  5. Share their findings or thoughts with others (e.g. teachers and colleagues)

BestEvidence will also enable research into evidence-based practice by addressing these questions:

  1. How often do people ask clinical questions using the app?
  2. What questions do people ask?
  3. How good are people at picking the best studies to answer these questions?
  4. How often do they actively reflect on the studies found?
  5. To what extent are their conclusions concordant with expert opinion?
  6. Does individual EBP improve clinical decision making?
  7. How frequently is the app downloaded and used? (Standard metrics)
  8. Which educational strategies improve the seeking and evaluation of evidence?

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided from 12:45.

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12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 16th October 2017

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom

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