Joaquin Orozco 6
1o-F, 03006 Alicante
(an acronym for Critical Appraisal Skills Programme of Spain) is
a non-profit making organization that aims to enable individuals
to develop the skills to find and make sense of research evidence,
helping them to put knowledge into practice. The organization gived
itself a network structure that established in 1997 with a national
coordinator node in Alicante (Dr. Juan Cabello). From there it spread
along the Spanish geography, with coordinating regional nodes in
most Spanish regions (www.redcaspe.org).
Network activity has been to train, in a very interactive
and participating way, clinicians and nurses in the different facets
of EBM, like asking questions, searching the evidence, appraising
the evidence and applying it, always referred to a clinical setting.
The pedagogical method used is problem - based teaching and facilitated
in small groups. People attending the workshops are invited to join
CASP as future facilitators of small groups. After that, CASP Spain
offers them "training the trainer" workshops to enable
participants to conduct critical appraisal workshops by themselves.
This way of "cascading" knowledge and skills is a key
characteristic of CASPE and guarantees that the network grows in
a stable and sure manner.
As complementary actions, CASPe develops pilotes
and produces teaching materials about critical appraisal and finding
the evidence. Furthermore, before every workshop CASPe produces
(by a peer review system) a critical appraised document of the article.
This document is called, with humour, “chuleta” and
it is a very useful instrument to stimulate our clinicians to conduct
our workshop and to organise their own teaching session.
According with our values, all CASPe´s materials (chuletas
and teaching materials and many other information) are shared into
CASPe network thought a dynamic website (for CASPe teaching trained
CASP Spain have organised more of 260 workshop
on finding the evidence and critical appraisal and more of 18 training
the trainer workshops. Every single workshop is evaluated by the
participants and appears on our URL along with more detailed information
about the mission, values, organization and activities.
This effort has given rise to several results like
“journals club” in different Hospitals, but it is especially
remarkable the EBM Clinical Unit in Hospital Donostia.
Two clinicians with the support of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit
and the Library, run this unit, registering the questions that arise
while taking care of patients and the efficiency of different DB
to answer these questions, appraising the evidence and finally,
abstracting them as CATs.
This unit, with 20 beds assigned to Internal Medicine Department,
accepts clinicians from other services in stages of 2 months to
be trained in applying the evidence in the clinical practice. This
Unit is a fantastic example of integrated teaching and an opportunity
for develop the Leonardo project .
Finally, CASP Spain is a founding member of CASP
International network, and collaborates with the Spanish EBM network,
financed by the Spanish Ministry of Health.
CASP SPAIN in Leonardo Project euebm:
The Spanish partnership in euebm will be co-directed by:
Juan B Cabello. Alicante General University Hospital. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
José I Emparanza. Donostia Hospital. Email: email@example.com
The project is organised in a coordinating centre and two main
CASP Spain Co-ordinating Centre ( EUE, Alicante
University): will develop the project administrative services and
Phone & fax 00 34 065909807
See an image of CASP
Spain co-ordinating centre in the San Vicente del Raspeig campus.
Alicante University. Spain
Donostia Hospital. Osakidetza. Clinical Epidemiology
Unit and EBM Clinical Unit. Where will be piloted the material in
an integrated teaching setting (this is the true laboratory of the
“Leonardo euebm Spanish” project ).
Alicante General University Hospital. SVS. Where
many clinicians will develop and pilots Leonardo´s euebm material.
Further people, Hospital and organizations will be included gradually
in the project.
Staff working on the project:
Juan Cabello-Lopez |Tel: +34 96 590 9807 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose I Emparanza | Tel: +34 943 007147 | Email: email@example.com