Vrije Universiteit Brussel Evidence-based Practice Project

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Course Description:

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Brussel's Evidence-based Practice project. This project was created by and for the students in the Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy program of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, and is part of the Musculoskeletal curriculum.

The goals of the project are to obtain an educational process leading to the competency: 'critical attitude towards translation of (scientific)information for clinical practice' (part of the 'role' PT as a healthcare provider).

PT students are asked to review literature and apply the Delphi quality evaluation procedure to (at least) two RCT's evaluating effectiveness of physiotherapy in health problems related to the musculoskeletal system.

Formerly (2011) they were asked to select a test, a clinical procedure or a health problem (pathology with indication for PT) and write a short paper for their e-portfolio. A year later they were asked to do the same and select a blanc topic in 'Physiopedia', create a new topic or add substantial information to an already initiated topic.In 2013 about 110 students of the second bachelor and 78 students of the 3th bachelor wil correct pages that have been developed in recent years. They have to look for an English speaking physiotherapy or physical therapy student to co-edit the text.In 2014, 2015 and 2016 the project is continued.

Students have to refer (in the text) to different kinds of sources and document the quality of the used sources usng 'Levels of Evidence' (levels 1(A,B,C), 2(ABC), 3(A,B), 4 or 5 (See http://www.physio-pedia.com/Grades_%26_Levels_of_Evidence).

Students select a topic in October and report their choice during a personal meeting with staff by the end of October. When the topic is accepted they have 6 weeks (deadline mid December) to write a short text using the format of Physiopedia. By the end December all texts will be reviewed by our staff and following editing text that received grades A or B will be allowed to be posted on Physiopedia. If relevant, students will contact former editors of text already available on Physiopedia.

One of the educational goals of the third phase of the project is to study the level of different competencies obtained by students in writing a contribution for physiopedia. Furthermore we want to stimulate international exchange of university staff and students by initiating the project.

Course Instructors:

Peter Vaes

Maarten Cnudde

Project Dates

  1. Autumn 2010
  2. Spring 2011
  3. Autumn 2011
  4. Spring 2012
  5. Autumn 2012
  6. Spring 2013
  7. Autumn 2013 (contact English speaking students to co-edit)
  8. Spring 2014 (163 VUB Pages-only corrections & adding evidence levels in text)
  9. Autumn 2014
  10. Spring 2015 (Start to accept pages as being 'finalised')
  11. Autumn 2015 (Start using selected number of pages for class)
  12. Spring 2016
  13. Autumn 2016
  14. Spring 2017 (end of the project and removal of exclusive VUB-editing. In june 2017 al pages will be re-opened for editing by all users)

Articles

Below are links to the articles created during this project.