Validating a self confidence scale for surgical trainees

However, non-surgical specialities tended to believe that EBM had little impact on practice (p = 0.029).

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EBM training curricular development should take into account the findings of our needs assessment study.].

Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) has thus become an impetus for incorporating critical appraisal of research evidence alongside routine clinical practice.

Increasingly, acquisition of knowledge and skills for EBM is becoming a core competence to be acquired by all doctors.

We undertook a needs assessment exercise using questionnaire survey of junior doctors' knowledge and beliefs concerning evidence-based medicine (EBM) and critical literature appraisal, as this is a core competence in postgraduate medical education.

We surveyed 317 junior doctors in various specialities in the UK West Midlands Deanery.

Using validated questionnaires we compared the needs of different trainee groups.

Results overall were internally consistent (Cronbach's alpha 0.929).

Respondents' generally felt that they had poor training in EBM (Mean score 2.2, possible range 1 – 6) and that they needed more education (Mean score 5.3, possible range 1–6).

Male trainees felt more confident at evaluating statistical tests than females (p = 0.002).

Female trainees considered patient choice above the evidence more often than males (p = 0.038).

Trainees from surgical speciality felt more confident at assessing research evidence (p = 0.009) whereas those from medical speciality felt more confident at evaluating statistical tests (p = 0.038) than other specialities.

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