Appraising and Applying Evidence to Assist Clinical Decision-Making



This course provides a theoretical review of methods to critique family medicine literature. There is a focus on the discussion about methods that may be used to effectively incorporate evidence-based medicine into teaching in clinical settings.

The course is organized into eight modules and one final assignment over the course of 12 weeks. 

The learner is responsible for absorbing the content in each module through required readings, review of the presentation of the concept, participation in the quizzes, and submission of the assignments (Discussion Groups and Analysis Papers). The modules will all open at the start of the course but there will be closing dates for assignment submissions throughout the course. This is the best way for the learner to be able to proceed at their pace but not fall behind in assignment submission. Our course instructors will be giving you feedback on your assignments and this is often helpful for upcoming assignments.


  • To develop competency in the process of critically appraising medical literature relevant to family practice
  • To develop competency in assessing the evidence-base from which practice policies for the family medicine setting can be developed
  • To develop competency in methods of engaging students in the practice of evidence-based medicine while gaining clinical experience in the supervised practice setting 
  • To develop competency in pursuing web-based strategies to enhance practice-based learning
  • To stimulate the student to achieve your own personal objectives to improve your skills as a clinician and clinical teacher or health care provider


This is an online, asynchronous course using Quercus.

The course comprises eight modules. Each module is focused on a specific aspect of critical appraisal of the literature. 


Assignments - 40%
Final Essay - 20%
Discussion Boards - 20%
Module Quizzes - 20%


Rosser WW, Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF. Information Mastery: Evidence-Based Family Medicine. 2nd Edition. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker Inc., 2004
Supplementary articles are provided by the course instructors.



Participants must be licensed in a recognized health profession or a senior trainee therein