Program design for evidence-based health education

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Rationale/Need for the Innovation The Institute of Medicine Committee on the Health Professions Education Summit in 2002 recommended that all health care professionals and trainees adopt evidence-based practice (EBP). A review of 2006 to 2011 publications found that EBP is found in most medical schools around the world, but it varies a great deal across institutions. By contrast, chiropractic has lagged on the uptake of EBP. A 2006 systematic audit on how comprehensively EBP is represented in Councils on Chiropractic Education, found that there was a slow uptake of EBP terminology and trends. Short description of the innovation This example from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, outlines the process through which a department collaboratively re-designed an existing five-year program as an EBP program. The process incorporated a series of facilitated workshops. To develop the concepts of evidence-based practice, program learning outcomes were organised into three ‘streams': professional practice, clinical research and clinical science. A whole-of-program approach was successfully used to map the teaching within an evidence-based framework. Potential impact on chiropractic education Strengthening evidence-based practice and curriculum alignment across an established education program is a complex task that requires investment from the whole program team. We discuss the need for active and ongoing collaboration in the implementation of change and reflect on the process as a method that can be taken up by other health education programs. This knowledge greatly assists staff and students to understand the flow of information within the program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e-179
Number of pages1
JournalThe Journal of Chiropractic Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
EventWorld Federation of Chiropractic/Association of Chiropractic Colleges Education Conference (10th : 2018) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Oct 201827 Oct 2018


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