441: Introduction to evidence-based medicine physician numeracy

G. Rao
Family Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
Presentation type: Oral Communication
Objective/Background: Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is taught throughout the world in medical schools, post-graduate programs, and to practising physicians and other health care professionals. The skills emphasized in most teaching include formulating sound clinical questions, searching the literature, and critical appraisal (usually using simple tools designed for this purpose). Little emphasis is placed upon gaining a thorough understanding of the results of original research by learning key concepts of research design, biostatistics, and medical decision making. Collectively these concepts make up the approach to EBM known as EBM physician numeracy. Though understanding the quantitative aspects of research is underemphasized in EBM teaching, physicians and physicians-in-training consistently acknowledge the importance of having a basic understanding of biostatistics and related concepts to both practising and teaching EBM, express an interest in learning more, and recognize their own poor knowledge and skills in this area. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the concept of EBM physician numeracy, and to demonstrate its application in a brief, interactive teaching session.
Methods: Participants will attend a lecture discussion and then complete a short exercise in small groups on diagnostic reasoning in medicine.
Expected Results/Conclusions: It is anticipated that participants will be able to define EBM physician numeracy, its importance, and the advantages of making EBM physician numeracy the emphasis in EBM teaching. Participants will also be able to describe a general approach to teaching about diagnostic reasoning, using EBM physician numeracy as a primary strategy.

Disclosure: No conflict of interest declared