Evidence-based medicine

Medical practice is diverse but has some common tasks. One of these is making the best use of available research evidence to diagnose, prevent and treat disease. Keeping up with new research information and incorporating it into clinical decision-making is the task of evidence-based medicine (EBM). Students will become acquainted with the basic principles of EBM. Students will learn to judge the level of evidence and will enable them to critically appraise scientific literature.
Students will focus on three main questions, which run through the course:

  • Are the results of this study valid?
  • Are the valid results from this study important?
  • Are the valid, important results of study applicable to my patient?


Dr. A.J.M. de Craen

ECTS credits


Course level


Classes (1.5 hrs.)

6 - Fridays 14.00-16.00


11 April-20 May 2016


The mastery/ability of evidence-based medicine

Teaching format

Lectures, self-study assignments, group discussions

Learning outcome

Acquisition of a thorough understanding of principles of evidence-based medicine which will enable students to perform and/or critically appraise (other) scientific research projects


These courses lead up to writing a research article


Closed; only for MSc Vitality and Ageing students