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Workshop Format

PAD Coalition

The five-day workshop is an intense, hands-on learning experience.   We use a small-group, problem-based approach to learning. Plenary sessions are determined just before the workshop to be timely and relevant to the attendees.  Small group agendas are set by each small group at the workshop.  Participants stay with their same small group throughout the workshop, and because of the group dynamics, we ask that participants attend all parts of the workshop.

The EBHC Workshop does not have language translation capabilities, therefore English fluency is required of all participants.

Workshop Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
1. Be able to formulate questions arising from the participants' own healthcare practice
2. Identify relevant evidence that can be used to answer questions and inform healthcare decisions
3. Critically appraise the validity and applicability of evidence
4. Use the valid and applicable evidence in making well-informed healthcare decisions
5. Incorporate patient/consumer values with the evidence for healthcare decisions

Plenary sessions are determined just before the workshop to be able to be timely and to best reach all participants. Small group agendas are set by each small group at the workshop.

Program Emphasis: Past participants have said we should underline the work in workshop. This is a unique opportunity to participate in an intensive learning experience that we hope you will utilize in your daily work and pass on to your colleagues. We encourage participants to plan some vacation time around the workshop -- but not during the workshop.  

Small Group Sessions: Participants are divided into small groups (generally 8 participants, a tutor, a co-tutor and a librarian) based on interest areas and experience levels. Each small group is participant-directed and sets its own agenda, including which healthcare topics or questions to use as examples and how best to use the small group time to learn about different types of evidence and different skills. Prior to the workshop, participants will receive educational materials to provide the focus for these sessions, including a set of healthcare problems, examples of evidence that address these problems and users' guides about how to critically appraise and use the evidence when making decisions.


Plenary Sessions: All participants meet together once a day for a general learning or "plenary" session. These sessions are designed to be fun and informative, and to provide an opportunity to interact with participants and faculty from outside the small group. Examples of past plenary sessions topics include


  • 'The fallacy of surrogate markers',
  • 'Conflicts of interest',
  • 'The role of evidence in health policy',
  • 'Grading evidence and recommendations', 
  • 'Communicating evidence' and
  • 'Changing practice' 

Focused Topic Sessions:  In addition to small group sessions and plenary sessions, discussions will be arranged in the afternoon to accommodate special needs and interests of those attending the Workshop.

Examples of previous topics include:

  • 'Using Evidence from Observational Design',
  • 'Teaching EBHC',
  • 'Presenting evidence to patients',
  • 'Evidence-Based Public Health' and
  • Statistics Methods Review

Technical Environment:   Educational activities are facilitated by computer resources with access to the Internet, EBHC resources and full-text on-line journals. Small groups will also have available a computer with Internet and access to the computer lab. Participants will receive assistance from a team of experienced librarians, technical assistants, and clinical epidemiologists.





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