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Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Resources

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This page is a resource for use by faculty:
  • To understand the purpose and definition of EBM
  • To learn how to design EBM experiences or questions 
  • To provide some resources that can help in EBM assessment

What is EBM?

Definition of EBM

“Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” (Sackett DL, Rosenberg WM, Gray JA, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ. 1996;312(7023):71-2.)

A Simple Definition of EBM

EBM Training Modules

Cochrane Evidence Essentials, a free online resource, offers an introduction to health evidence and how to use it to make informed health choices. Modules include:
  • Module 1: Evidence-based medicine
  • Module 2: Randomized controlled trials
  • Module 3: Introduction to systematic reviews
  • Module 4: Understanding and using systematic reviews

Glossary of EBM Terms

Components of EBM

Practical Components of EBM (AAMC Core EPA 7)

EPA 7 Toolkit


"The 5As of the Health Information Cycle: Robert Hayward, MD, defines the 5As of the health information cycle and helps learners understand the process."

Recommended Reading

Publications with further discussion of EBM:

Key Elements of EBM Skills

The following are skills needed to practice evidence-based medicine. For each skill, websites, publications, and other resources will be provided.

Asking the Question



The Search



Levels of Evidence



Understanding Summary Statistics in Clinical Studies


Critical Appraisal & Harm-Benefit (concept and in numbers)

Useful Resources


Online Calculators

Short Articles that Explain Clinical Stat Concepts

Applying the Evidence




University of Canberra — Evidence-Based Practice in Health: Audit

How to Build Brief EBM Exercises for the Classroom or Small Groups

Online Resources

External Examples of EBM Work-Throughs

Publications with Cases, Exercises or Multiple Choice Questions

General Discussion about Available Tools to Assess EBM Skill (with some examples):

Models and Benefit of Longitudinal Integration of EBM into Curriculum

Additional Resources