Research During a Pandemic: outcome benefit vs scientific rigor

A review of the literature

1 CPD Points, 1 CEUs, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Providers: CPDUK, CBRN, EB Medicine

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Professor Philip Lumb help_outline
Professor of Anaesthesiology, University of Southern California, USA
Lecture Summary

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has heightened public frustration with the importance of controlling integration of medical research into practice, despite the social media immediacy, sensationalism and inappropriate dissemination of conflicting, frequently incorrect and misinterpreted clinical outcomes. The importance that new, evolving knowledge may displace and refute earlier management strategies is highlighted. Discussion will reinforce current evidence based medical practice as an essential framework on which effective translational research can be accomplished despite pandemic imposed challenges.

Target Audience

Critical Care Doctors
Experienced or advanced Critical Care Nurses

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Profile the ‘real time’ evolution and integration of research into clinical practice
  • Understand challenges to the “gold standard” RCT threatened by political pressure, pre-print servers, news media sensationalism and public concerns for immediacy
  • Understand Anaesthesiology’s inherent understanding of adaptive platform research methodology
  • Reinforce ‘good clinical practice’ standards with evolving knowledge to strike an appropriate therapeutic balance
  • Consider the importance of disinformation, political pressure and medical hubris on public opinion and healthcare system expectations
Release Date

1 November 2020

Termination Date

31 October 2023


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.