Second Annual Workshop in


Evidence Based Preventive Medicine



Monday September 10 - Friday September 14, 2001




The International Center for Studies and Research in Biomedicine in Luxembourg and the Salvatore Foundation in Pavia, Italy



What is Evidence-Based Preventive Medicine?


Evidence based preventive medicine (EBPM) is an approach to preventive medicine and public health practice in which practitioners are aware of the evidence that bears on their decisions, and the strength of that evidence.


Why is Evidence Important?


Daily, practitioners of preventive medicine and public health confront questions about the interpretation of preventive interventions and tests, the harm associated with exposure to an agent, the prognosis of disease in a specific patient or a population,  the effectiveness of a primary, secondary or tertiary preventive intervention, and the costs and clinical consequences of many other decisions.  Both clinicians and policy makers need to know whether the conclusions of a systematic review are valid, and

whether recommendations in practice guidelines are sound.


Workshop Objectives


·     To provide an understanding of Basic Epidemiology and Methods in Epidemiology

·     To help participants advance their critical appraisal skills

·     To help participants learn how to practice and teach EBPM using a variety of educational models


Workshop Format


The workshop is offered as a 5-day intensive course. Participants will be learning in plenary sessions and small groups led by classical and clinical epidemiologists from international institutions, including Dr. Gordon Guyatt from the “birth place” of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. In addition to small and large group sessions, individual study time and opportunities for workshop participants to lead teaching sessions using packages they have developed will be offered.  Days 1 and 2 will focus on the basics and methods in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Days 3 – 5 will focus on Evidence Based Preventive Medicine Topics.


Who should attend this Workshop?


This Workshop aims at health care professionals who want to develop or expand their understanding and skills in basic methods in epidemiology and evidence based preventive medicine. The Workshop will be especially useful for those involved in practicing and teaching preventive medicine, in quality improvement or in clinical teaching.


Workshop Participants


Some course participants will come with a basic understanding of the principles of Epidemiology and Evidence Based Preventive Medicine.  These individuals will be as interested in deepening their understanding of these principles and starting to apply their knowledge as teachers.  Other participants will have less experience of the principles, and will be coming to advance their evidence based health care skills.  To accommodate everyone's needs, we will try to create groups with different emphases that will work through different teaching material.


Workshop Materials


Prior to the workshop, participants will receive a list of educational material that include references on teaching critical appraisal and EBPM, the small group learning format, and a set of clinical problems. We anticipate that participants possibly bring scenarios and teaching challenges with them.

At the beginning of the course participants will be given a package of material that will provide the course material focusing on examples and problems in preventive medicine.


Background Information


The following will help you select the appropriate level of tutorial group for you:


Category A:

You feel there are important gaps in your understanding of the principles of critical appraisal. You often feel uncertain of yourself when applying basic epidemiologic skills and during teaching, and wonder whether you've got it right when you critically appraise an article or whether you've missed something important. You are looking for a tutorial group in which a substantial amount of the time is spent on understanding critical appraisal.


Category B:

You have experience and expertise, perhaps with formal training in epidemiology, or a related field. You are looking for a tutorial in which the overwhelming proportion of the time is spent on teaching evidence based preventive medicine and on content.




All plenary sessions will all be conducted in English.


Workshop facilitators


Workshop facilitators have been practicing and teaching EBPM and Epidemiology at sites across Europe and North-America.


Venue, Travel and Accommodation


The 2nd EBPM Workshop will be held at “The Salvatore Maugeri Foundation Congress Center (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri Centro Congressi)” in Pavia - Italia. Upon confirmation of a definite acceptance to the workshop from the EBPM office, a letter accompanied by the reference and teaching material list will be provided with general information regarding specifics of the workshop, accommodation and travel. TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENTS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CONFIRMED REGISTRANT.


Dates and times


The workshop will commence at 10 am on Monday, September 10 2001 and will end at 5 pm on Friday, September 14, 2001.




The fee for the Workshop is  ????.




Please email ???? asking for an application, or telephone ???? for voice inquiry.

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There is a limit of 25 places on the course. We will let you know if we can offer you a place as soon as possible after we receive your completed application; normally, this will be within 2 weeks of receiving it.




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