Medical Library Pilot Project: Evidence on Tablets: The ET Trial
This pilot project will assess whether a tablet computer-based mobilized website can effectively improve the use and teaching of evidence-based medicine (EBM) by Department of Medicine faculty attending physicians on inpatient ward teaching services at the University of Washington. The website content (curriculum, forms, and suggestions for teaching and practicing EBM) will be designed by Sherry Dodson, Project Leader, with guidance from John Choe, Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development & Evidence Based Medicine for the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program; the mobilized website will be designed by Ann Gleason, Head of Systems at the UW Health Sciences Library. These tools will be tested at Harborview Medicine Center (HMC) and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), where attending physicians for five of the nine ward Medicine teams will be assigned to use of the tablet computers; the remaining four teams will act as the control group for comparison. Outcomes assessed will be the acceptability of the tablet computers; and the effectiveness of the mobilized curriculum in improving the confidence, practice and teaching of evidence-based medicine by faculty attending physicians. Assessments will be done using Catalyst surveys as well as focus groups.