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39 Effect of an EBP learning program on confidence and competence in EBP
  1. Michael Pianta,
  2. Edward Nguyen,
  3. Laura Downie
  1. The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of an EBP learning program on learner confidence and competence in the use of EBP.

Method The Evidence-Based Practice Confidence (EPIC) scale (Salbach and Jaglal, J Eval Clin Pract, 2011) and the Assessing Competency in EBM (ACE) tool (Ilic et al, BMC Med Ed, 2014) were used to measure learner (n = 49) competence and confidence before and after a one-semester EBP learning program that incorporated the CrowdCARE platform.

Results The program resulted in a significant increase in both confidence (+23.0%, 95% CI [+18.2%, +27.8%]) and competence (+38.0%, 95% CI [+33.3%, +42.8%]) in the use of EBP. The largest increases in confidence were in critically appraising measurement properties, interpreting statistical tests, and integrating research evidence, clinical judgment and patient preferences; the largest increases in competence were in asking an answerable question and appraising the evidence. The smallest increases in confidence were in identifying gaps in knowledge and conducting a literature search; the smallest increase in competence was in applying the evidence.

Conclusions The learning program was effective at improving confidence and competence in EBP. The use of the EPIC scale and ACE tool allows identification of areas for improvement.

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