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Educational and research opportunities using BestEvidence



Staff, Students, Alumni

Speaker: Amanda Burls, Public Health Physician

The Centre for Maternal and Child Health at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Amanda Burls to discuss the empirical data on how the current app is being used and has been taken up by the NHS and present the new version of the app. as part of the research seminar series.


BestEvidence is a web-based mobile app developed by City, University of London to give health care practitioners and students fast access to high quality research evidence wherever they need it.

A basic version of the app was soft-launched in April this year. A more sophisticated version of the app which can support the learning and teaching of critical appraisal skills and evidence-based practice, has been developed and will be launched next month.

The new version of BestEvidence has the potential to be useful to lecturers and teachers of all different types of health professional. Analysis of the anonymised backend database offers lots of opportunities for research.

In this seminar Professor Amanda Burls will present the empirical data on how the current app is being used and has been taken up by the NHS and present the new version of the app. She particularly welcomes anyone who might be interested in using it for teaching or research. Some proposed and potential research projects will be discussed. There is the opportunity to become involved in any of these or lead your own educational or research project.

If you want to play with the current version of the app before the seminar visit www.BestEvidence.Info using the browser of your phone. (Use the browser’s menu to select “Add to home screen” to get the icon onto your phone.) If you have any questions, problems or feedback email for help.

About the speaker

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 Burls' first degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economic from the University of Oxford but she later went on to study Medicine at University College London. During her medical degree she intercalated an MSc in Neuroscience. Following several junior and senior house office jobs she 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 worked for the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) from its inception in 1993 and in 1996 became its Director. She has been a senior fellow of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine since 1996 where she coordinates and facilitates the Spanish-speaking groups and runs plenary sessions on teaching EBHC.

In 1997 Amanda started as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham where she founded and directed the West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration (WMHTAC). WMHTAC produced systematic reviews and economic evaluations to inform local, regional and national health policy decisions. In 2008 Amanda moved to the University of Oxford as Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Evidence-Based Health Care. She set up the Oxford International Programme in Evidence-Based Health Care which includes Certificate, Diploma, MSc and Doctoral Programmes as well as standalone modules.

Amanda's current research focuses on EBHC, online health research and public and patient involvement in health care and health research and she directs a project called ThinkWell.

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When and where

12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 15th October 2018

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