Understanding Critical Care Research: don't be fooled again

The basics of medical research

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

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Professor Simon Finfer help_outline
Professorial Fellow in Critical Care & Trauma, The George Institute, Australia
Lecture Summary

The practice of medicine and healthcare, in general, is a fusion of art and science. The art of medicine relies on often intangible and unquantifiable components such as common sense and experience. The science of medicine arises from the conduct and interpretation of research which should be scientifically valid, quantifiable and applicable to the patient in front of you. Unfortunately, much research is poorly conducted, poorly analysed, poorly presented, and often interpreted by researchers who have a vested interest in the results. Understanding the ever-expanding methods used in clinical research in general, and particularly in critical care is essential to providing your patients with the best and most appropriate care. Fortunately, a structured approach to evaluating research evidence is possible and forms the basis of this talk. Adopting such an approach will allow you to provide better care and outcomes to your patients.

Target Audience

Critical Care Doctors
Critical Care Nurses with an interest in research

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Understand the different study methods used in critical care
  • Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods
  • Discuss appropriate methods of analysis
  • Understand when study results should or should not affect your practice
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.