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 discussion about methods that may be used to effectively incorporate evidence-based medicine into teaching in clinical settings.

The course is organized into nine modules. Each module includes required reading, supplementary reading and the completion of two literature critiques. All students enrolled in a graduate studies program are also required to write a 1,500-2,000 word essay describing how they plan to continue their study, teach and use the principles they have learned.


  • 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 course using the Blackboard Learning Portal courseware.

The course comprises nine modules. Each module is focused on a specific aspect of critical appraisal of the literature. Each module is divided into three components:

  • Reading the chapters in the course text
  • Carrying out an exercise to improve the understanding of important aspects of the content
  • Critiquing a paper from this material or material chosen by the student that contains the main points in the chapter

Each student will complete 1 module per week on their own.


Rosser WW, Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF. Information Mastery: Evidence-Based Family Medicine. 2nd Edition. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker Inc., 2004



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