Evidence-Based Practice: Bridging the gap between science and practice


Workshop session 2: Wednesday, 14:00-15:30

Workshop category: 

  • Methods for conducting syntheses (including different evidence, searching and information retrieval, statistics, assessing methodological quality)


Date and Location


Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Vere Borra
Bert Avau
Hans Van Remoortel


De Buck E1, Vandekerckhove P2
1 Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, Belgian Red Cross, Mechelen, Belgium; Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
2 Belgian Red Cross, Mechelen, Belgium; Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Target audience

Target audience: 

Anyone who wants to (1) learn about the basic principles of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), (2) apply EBP in practice, (3) find out how EBP can bridge the gap between science and practice, or (4) know the advantages and limitations of EBP.

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Objectives: The objective of this workshop is to give an introduction to evidence-based practice (EBP). Participants will learn the philosophy and different steps of the methodology of EBP in an interactive way. The workshop includes individual exercises, small group exercises, quizzes and group discussions. This workshop is aimed at people with little or no experience in EBP.

Description: In a first part of the workshop, the philosophy of EBP will be explained. The 3 dimensions of EBP and their importance will be emphasised, using a practical example and a quiz (20 min). In a second part, the different steps of EBP will be outlined: 1) Formulating a PICO question: participants will make individual exercises on formulating a PICO question (10 min). 2) Searching for the best-available evidence: where to find information? How to create a search strategy based on the PICO question? Participants will learn about the set-up of a randomized controlled trial in small groups with a game-based exercise (25 min). 3) Making an overview: participants will try to recognise the different parts of an evidence review (10 min). 4) The importance of contextualisation will be explained based on examples on the development of evidence-based African First Aid Guidelines and Materials (15 min). In a final part, a group discussion will be held about the advantages and limitations of EBP and some take home messages will be listed (10 min).