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A descriptive cross-sectional study on the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of evidence-based medicine among clinical clerks of medical schools in Metropolitan Manila.

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Introduction Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is beneficial to the provision of health care. It is important to assess the adequacy of EBM training during the pre-clinical years by exploring its current state among clinical clerks. The purpose of this study was to determine the current level of knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and barriers to the practice of EBM among clinical clerks.

Methods This descriptive cross-sectional  study was done among clinical clerks of medical school in Metropolitan Manila. Participants who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were included via convenience sampling. A self-administered survey questionnaire adapted from a previous study was used as the data collection tool.

Results Three hundred seventy-two participants from four participating schools were included in the study. Participants considered themselves to have adequate training in medical literature searching and critical appraisal. They perceived themselves to be competent in most skills required to apply EBM and showed positive attitudes towards practicing EBM. Majority appraised not more than one article  per week literature and used research databases tow to five a week. They cited insufficient time, inadequate information resources, and lack of understanding of statistical analysis as top three barriers in the practice of EBM.

Conclusion Participants have adequate knowledge and perceived skills, accurate perceptions, and positive attitudes towards utilizing EBM in their clinical decision-making. Application of EBM during clerkship, however, was limited because of insufficient time, inadequate resources and lack of understanding of statistical analysis. 

Publication Type
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Journal Article, Original
The Health Sciences Journal
Publication Date
July-December 2014
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