EvidenceWorks

  • Two instructional supplements for advanced high school biology that focus on the practice of evidence-based medicine
  • Funding source: National Institute for Health, Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA); subcontract from Foundation for Blood Research, Scarborough, Maine

EvidenceWorks is an innovative five-year Phase I and Phase II SEPA project that introduces students to the process of evidence-based medicine. Using real physicians in filmed hospital settings with scripted patient encounters, EvidenceWorks provides high school students and teachers with an understanding of how doctors learn to use evidence from clinical trials to care for their patients. One supplement deals with questions of diagnosis and the other deals with questions of therapy.

EvidenceWorks uses a structured approach to teaching evidence-based medicine known as the “5A’s.” These align with grades 9–12 National Science Education Standards (NSES) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards for understanding science as inquiry, and complement the existing high school science curriculum.

The instructional materials use video case studies and an inquiry-based approach to answer questions about diagnosis and therapy. The modules will be available to teachers and students through a Moodle-based website.

For more information, contact BSCS Science Educator Mark Bloom.