Co-Design of an Evidence-Based Practice Continuing Education Course for Canadian Naturopathic Doctors
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a clinical decision-making process combining the best available scientific evidence with clinician expertise and patient preference. While EBP has been associated with a range of benefits, it is recognized that EBP is used suboptimally by a range of health professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs). Canadian NDs have expressed a high level of interest in opportunities to improve their EBP skills; however, barriers exist, including those that apply broadly to health professionals, and those that are unique to the naturopathic profession. The objective of the present project was to co-design an EBP continuing education (CE) course tailored to the needs and preferences of Canadian NDs.
These needs were solicited through the use of focus groups. Groups were stratified based on participants' use of evidence at baseline. The focus groups asked NDs about their definition of EBP, and their interest in an EBP course, including preferred content, and method of delivery. The focus group discussions were transcribed, and thematic analysis was completed.
Twenty-two Canadian NDs participated.
Participants reported a high level of understanding of EBP, a high level of interest in participating in an EBP course and provided actionable recommendations about course content and delivery. Some of the themes that emerged were consistent across the groups while others differed by stratification.
The findings of this project will inform the development and evaluation of a future CE course.
DOI link: https://doi.org/10.1089/jicm.2022.0730
Monique Aucoin, Genevieve Newton, Matthew Leach, and Kieran Cooley
Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Monique Aucoin, Genevieve Newton, Matthew Leach, and Kieran Cooley. Co-Design of an Evidence-Based Practice Continuing Education Course for Canadian Naturopathic Doctors. Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine.