Evaluating the Literature for Clinical Decision Making

Saturday, February 4, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Accredited for Pharmacists


An evidence-based approach to healthcare requires accurate interpretation of the medical literature (evidence). This means the practitioner needs to understand complicated research design and analysis techniques to expand their clinical knowledge. Randomized clinical trials and other forms of research design continue to evolve and become more complicated, and pharmacists have a corresponding responsibility to accurately interpret study findings. This course will review the integral components that define good research and will provide some tips on how to properly evaluate the findings of research.

Learning Objectives - Pharmacists
Upon successful completion of this application-based CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of critically evaluating clinical studies.
  2. Explain possible sources of bias including publication bias and researcher bias.
  3. Assess validity and reliability issues of a published clinical study.
  4. Identify best practices for interpreting study results, including intention-to-treat analysis, significance, and measures of risk.
  5. Establish a list of critical factors that determine the importance of a study, including the roles of power, randomization, error, and generalizability.

0.1 CEU/1 hr
UAN: 0107-0000-23-045-L04-P

Chuck Phillips, PharmD, PhD
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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