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Pre-Conference Workshops

One Day Intro to EBM Workshop

Tuesday June 20th
10:00 – 16:00

This one day workshop is aimed at clinicians, health care professionals and researchers who wish to gain knowledge of critical appraisal and experience in the practice of evidence-based medicine.

You should consider attending if you: have a belief in the process of small-group learning; wish to learn how to practice EBM and are committed to patient-centered learning.
During the workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Formulate an answerable question
  • Track down the best evidence register-button
  • Do rapid critical appraisal of controlled trials
  • Apply the evidence to individuals’ care
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of your educational process.

The Workshop is a mixture of plenaries and small groups in which participants will practice and develop their EBM knowledge and skills. Time will be provided for searching.  Please bring a wifi enabled device  for searching. Numbers are capped to encourage small group learning.

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University of Oxford, Gibson Building Room 2, Radcliffe Observatory Quater accessible from Woodstock road and Walton street.

Workshop materials and preparation
Participants will receive materials to enable them to achieve the objectives of the one-day Workshop.
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Thinking about patient stories: can experience become evidence?

Tuesday June 20th
12:00 – 16:00

James Munro, Patient Opinion
André Tomlin and Douglas Badenoch, Minervation

Workshop aims and objectives

The aim of this interactive workshop will be to examine patient stories as “evidence”, in terms of understanding experiences of health care,  and as “intervention”, in terms of their ability to contribute to safer or more effective health services.

Specifically, the workshop will address the following themes: register-button

  • Do patient stories constitute a kind of evidence, and if so, evidence of what?
  • What kinds of insight can patient stories engender, and what kinds of actions?
  • When are stories the “right kind” of evidence, and when are they the “wrong” kind? Can we provide any guidance to users of this kind of evidence?
  • How do we respond to the extraordinary growth in the volume of stories? Should stories be aggregated or summarised, and if so how and why? Specifically, does this task require humans?
  • What “mixed methods” approaches might we adopt in learning from a large volume of stories, while not losing the specificity of individual stories?

Workshop format

This half-day workshop will follow the unconference format.  Possible themes include: sources of patient experiences; methodological concerns; quality improvement, assurance and monitoring; techniques, tools; machine learning, big data; the dangers of summarising stories and losing their meaning;  stories as activism vs fig leaves.

University of Oxford, Gibson Building Room 3, Radcliffe Observatory Quater accessible from Woodstock road and Walton street.

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