The use of evidence resources in midwifery training and practice

Background

This pilot study, led by Queen’s University Belfast, is exploring midwifery students’ use of evidence resources and their experience of extracting evidence from current Cochrane midwifery review summaries.

 

Aim

The aim is to explore pre- and post- registration midwifery students’ use of evidence resources and to see what data midwives extract accurately from different summary evidence formats.

 

Primary Objectives:

  • To establish whether the abstract or the plain language summary of a Cochrane Review is a better aid for midwifery students in identifying both the direction and quality of evidence in the review.
  • To establish whether inclusion of conclusions versus no conclusions in the abstract or the plain language summary of a Cochrane Review is a better aid for midwifery students in identifying both the direction and quality of evidence.
  • To determine if there is an interaction between the type of summary, and the presence or absence of conclusions.

 

Method

The study involves a mixed methods approach: a short survey with RCT component and focus groups. Primary outcome is the proportion of students who agree with the expert panel’s ‘appropriate’ response identified through the validation exercise. Bournemouth University is one of six centres collecting data for this study.

 

BU researchers

Vanora Hundley

Susan Way

Primary project team

Fiona Alderdice, Queens University, Belfast – Primary Investigator

Jenny McNeill, Queens University, Belfast

Mike Clarke, Queens University, Belfast

Toby Lasserson, Cochrane Editorial Unit, London

Elaine Beller Bond University, Queensland, Australia

Publication

Alderdice et al. 2016. Do Cochrane summaries help student midwives understand the findings of Cochrane systematic reviews: the BRIEF randomised trial. http://systematicreviewsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13643-016-0214-8