Medical school curricula teach students to apply scientific evidence for clinical decision-making. Research on whole-task evidence-based decision-making suggests that appraisal of scientific evidence is a challenge for trainees. This pilot study aimed to link medical students’ (MS) appraisal of scientific literature with clinical decision-making to inform future EBM instruction. Fifty-three MS evaluated scientific evidence and provided justifications for their clinical decisions. The MS group (n = 29) receiving more detailed evidence made a correct clinical decision against breast surgery (20; 69%) versus the comparison group (14; 58%; p <.05). MS justified their decisions predominantly on the evidence provided and personal experience.
- Clinical decision-making medical curriculum
- Evidence-based medicine
- Scientific text comprehension
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)