Mission of the Section

The mission of the Section on Evidence Based Health Care is to enhance the health of the public and the quality of life of individuals through scientifically sound, cost-effective, and individualized care.   The NYAM Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC) was established in 2009.  It grew out of 13 years of educational efforts at the Academy interfaced with the leading centers of development of evidence-based practice in the 1990’s, notably the McMaster University centered “Evidence Based Medicine Working Group”.   Starting with pilot efforts in 1996, the leaders of evidence based practice initiatives at NYAM included practitioners from a diversity of specialties who taught regularly at the McMaster international workshop series, co-authored chapters in the JAMA “Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature” manual, and collaborated with the McMaster team on important journalistic and educational projects. 

History of the Section

Following a US National Library of Medicine funded effort from 1998-2000 to establish an evidence based medicine resource center at NYAM, coupled  with a regionally based workshop series, evidence-based practice (EBP) teaching and development efforts at the Academy were taken over by a group of emergency physicians who had been part of the original program.  This group included librarians who had been trained in use of evidence based electronic resources at the Academy.  The emergency medicine group extended the reach of efforts to a national and international scale with a series of annual workshops between 2002 and 2008 that drew emergency practitioners and teachers from across the US and Canada as well as practitioners in other specialties and disciplines.  This series opened up collaboration with a parallel development effort in Brazil and brought the nursing discipline into EBP education efforts at NYAM for the first time, much as the earlier program had introduced librarians.  The emergency medicine collaboration initiated a series of off-site workshops in medical centers within and without the region. It also produced innovative work in the area of educational evaluation and assessment and a uniquely practice-based design of a workshop series.*

With the establishment of the Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC) in 2009, the multi-disciplinary focus was enhanced further and multiple clinical specialties were engaged. The scope of relevant collaboration expanded to include individuals and organizations engaged in guideline development, implementation science and knowledge translation, and health care policy.  In the same year that it was established, SEBHC was awarded a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to link capacity building conference designs to knowledge based improvement initiatives within participating health care institutions and networks.  The 3-year pilot project resulted in successful projects within several hospital networks as well as maturation of the design. 

*Lang ES, Wyer P, Tabas JA, Krishnan JA. Acad Emerg Med 2010;17:865-869.

Section Activites

More recently, NYAM and the SEBHC have partnered with the Guidelines International Network organization and its North American division.  The “Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders (E-GAPPS)” conference, funded by AHRQ, with additional support from Kaiser Permanente and the journal Health Affairs,  brought together the full range of perspectives involved in the process of clinical guideline development, dissemination and implementation in a unique forum.  This project further expanded the SEBHC network of influence and collaboration and is expected to lead to important partnerships on the policy and guideline front.

The SEBHC has since been appointed the secretariat for the G-I-N North America community and is actively planning additional joint programs with them.  Queries regarding G-I-N NA may be sent to ebmny@nyam.org

One of the Section’s major initiatives has been the "Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Healthcare" (TEACH) program, which has run since 2010.  TEACH is for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, librarians and other health care professionals. It utilizes small group learning supplemented by plenary sessions.  Attendees may enroll in one of three levels each of which is led by internationally recognized and acclaimed faculty:
Level 1: Foundations of EBC
Level 2: Policies and Recommendations for EBC. 
Level 3: Implementing EBC
Note:  One group within Level #2 will focus exclusively on the GRADE system

If you would like to become a member of the Section on Evidence Based Health Care, please email ebmny@nyam.org.

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