Post-Soviet countries such as Lithuania present specific cultural barriers to the incorporation of the best research evidence in clinical practice, as described in this paper in the Journal of Evidence Based Medicine. Unfortunately, the full text is restricted-access so many of us cannot read it, and the abstract appears to be available in English only, so many Lithuanians will be unable even to read the abstract. CITATION: J Evid Based Med. 2015 May 8. doi: 10.1111/jebm.12156. [Epub ahead of print] The first centre for evidence-based medicine in Lithuania: an opportunity to change culture and improve clinical practice. Beinortas T, Bauza K, Howick J, Nunan D, Mahtani KR.
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ABSTRACT: In post-Soviet countries, where medical practice largely relies on experience alone, the incorporation of the best research evidence in clinical practice is limited. In order to promote the awareness and utilization of evidence-based medicine (EBM) among Lithuanian doctors, we organized EBM conferences in each of the two Lithuanian medical schools. More than 500 medical professionals and students attended the conferences in Vilnius (2013) and Kaunas (2014) demonstrating that there is a high demand for formal EBM teaching. Building on the success of these seminal conferences, and to start addressing the lack of EBM practice in the country, the first Lithuanian Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine was established at Vilnius University Medical Faculty in 2014. The Centre will focus on the implementation of EBM teaching in medical school curriculum, formulating management guidelines, writing systematic reviews and supporting Lithuanian authors in doing so. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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