Self-perceived competencies on evidence-based medicine in medical students and physicians registered in a virtual course: a cross-sectional study

Milton A. Romero-Robles, David R. Soriano-Moreno, Fabrizio M. García-Gutiérrez, I. Benjamín Condori-Meza, Caroline C. Sing-Sánchez, Sandy P. Bulnes Alvarez, Christoper A. Alarcon-Ruiz, Alvaro Taype-Rondan, Andres Viteri‐García

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Background: Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is defined as the integration of the best available evidence from scientific studies with clinical experience (and context) and with patients’ values and preferences. The objective of the present study was to describe self-perceived EBM competencies in physicians and medical students enrolled in a massive virtual EBM course. Methods: Analytical cross-sectional study. People interested in a free virtual EBM course fulfilled their data in a virtual form for their registration in September 2020. In this form, 22 competencies related to four dimensions of EBM were evaluated: asking a clinical question, search, analysis, and application; using a 5-option Likert scale. The resulting database was analyzed, selecting people who claimed to be physicians or medical students of 18 years or more. Results: 1793 participants were included: 1130 medical students and 663 physicians; more than 80% lived in Peru. The frequency of participants who agreed or strongly agreed with feeling qualified in each competence ranged: from 39.2% to 57.8% for the competencies of the ‘Asking a clinical question’ dimension, from 39.2% to 56.1% for ‘Search,’ from 19.9% to 32.0% for ‘Analysis,’ and from 19.6% to 29.9% for ‘Application.’ Both in physicians and students, the lowest frequencies were for the competencies of interpretation of impact measures, graphs, and results of systematic reviews; as well as shared decision making and calculation of expected benefit. Physicians who graduated more recently scored better on competencies from search and analysis dimensions. Conclusion: Among physicians and medical students enrolled in the course, self-perception of competencies was lower in the dimensions of analysis and application. More recently graduated physicians seem to have a greater self-perception of their research and analysis skills, probably due to curricular updates. List of abbreviations: EBM: Evidence-based medicine; CIMBE, for its acronym in Spanish: International Course on Evidence-Based Medicine; SOCIMEP, for its acronym in Spanish: Peruvian Medical Student Scientific Society.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo2010298
PublicaciónMedical Education Online
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene. 2022
Publicado de forma externa


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