Challenges in systematic reviews of educational intervention studies

Darcy Reed, Eboni G. Price, Donna M. Windish, Scott M. Wright, Aysegul Gozu, Edbert B. Hsu, Mary Catherine Beach, David Kern, Eric B. Bass

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Educators have recognized the need to apply evidence-based approaches to medical training. To do so, medical educators must have access to reliable evidence on the impact of educational interventions. This paper describes 5 methodologic challenges to performing systematic reviews of educational interventions for health care professionals: finding reports of medical education interventions, assessing quality of study designs, assessing the scope of interventions, assessing the evaluation of interventions, and synthesizing the results of educational interventions. We offer suggestions for addressing these challenges and make recommendations for reporting, reviewing, and appraising interventions in medical education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1080-1089
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Issue number12 II
StatePublished - Jun 21 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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