Evidence-Based Medicine


The Spine Intervention Society’s popular accreditation courses in evidence-based medicine (EBM) are now available on the SIS online learning platform. Presented by Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD, these courses will provide you with the tools necessary to distinguish signal from noise in the reported outcomes of studies that are endlessly used and misused to influence your diagnostic and treatment decisions, your patients' expectations, and payers’ coverage determinations.

EBM I: Assessing Studies of Treatment
Why This Course - Free Preview

Assessing Studies
Statistics Part I: Precepts
Statistics Part II: Statistics We Don't Like
Statistics Part III: Statistics We Do Like
Comparing Two Groups

EBM II: Assessing Studies of Diagnostic Tests and Strategies
Diagnosis Definitions - Free Preview
Diagnosis Part I: Reliability
Diagnosis Part II: Validity
Diagnosis Examples

Register now. Take advantage of the SIS member price or the special rates for medical students, residents, and fellows. SIS volunteers, click here to contact SIS for your complimentary access code. Once you complete the online modules, you will be invited to register to participate in a small group online discussion session led by experienced EBM faculty. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about lecture content, and discuss and critique studies with other participants.

Awarding of CME credit for either EBM course is contingent upon successful completion of the online lectures and tests along with participation in a small group online discussion session. Those who wish to earn SIS Accreditation in EBM are required to pass an accreditation examination upon completion of the small group discussion session.

The accreditation that these courses offer meets the EBM training requirements in place for any members who wish to participate in the Spine Intervention Society's efforts to develop guidelines, systematic reviews, or appropriate use criteria. Successful completion of Part I has also been established as a requirement for current and newly appointed committee members serving on the Education, Health Policy, International, Research, or Standards Divisions. Participation is also a worthwhile investment for members who want to serve as journal reviewers, and for those who simply wish to increase their knowledge and competence in critically assessing the evidence.

Outcome Instruments


Evidence-Based Medicine Resources

  • The Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) was established in Oxford as the first of several UK centres with the aim of promoting evidence-based health care. The CEBM provides free support and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers and others interested in learning more about EBM.
  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program offers tools and resources relevant to comparative effectiveness research. The AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
  • The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.
  • The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group began in the year 2000 as an informal collaboration of people with an interest in addressing the shortcomings of present grading systems in health care.


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