Earlier this year Critical Appraisal training (CASP), provided by the Centre for Pre-Hospital Research (CPR) in Limerick was undertaken by members of PHECC’s Medical Advisory Group (MAG) as well as a number of Advanced Paramedics. The training was delivered by Oxford University, UK. The skills gained on this course are currently being put to good use as MAG undertakes its world-wide appraisal of the available literature regarding the effectiveness of pre-hospital intubation.
Following on from the CASP training, CPR alerted the trainees of an additional training initiative being offered by the Health Research Board (HRB) to people who have an interest in health research. The HRB were offering a series of 2-day and halfday training courses designed to inform attendees about the Cochrane Library and how best to use it.
The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring the combined results of the world’s best medical research studies, and are recognised as the goldstandard in evidence based health care.
PHECC would encourage all practitioners to explore the world of evidence-based medicine by visiting the Cochrane Library http://www.cochrane.org
To enquire about pre-hospital research in Ireland contact the Centre for Pre-Hospital Research at UL http://www.ul.ie