The Teaching of Vocational Subjects for Nursing Schools (TVSNS) field of study at the Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc (PdF UP) was first opened in the academic year of 1985/1986. Previous education in healthcare professions was and still is a prerequisite of enrolment for the studies. Currently, the groups of students of the 2-year follow-up master studies programme include the bachelors of nursing, midwifery and paramedic professions. This is the only study programme of its type in the Czech Republic. However, in the upcoming generation of teachers of vocational subjects at secondary schools, colleges and universities focusing on health care, a corresponding space was not devoted to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). Therefore, a discussion has started at the Department of Anthropology and Health Education, the guarantor of the TVSNS study programme, on the modification of the current study plan.
The first Czech Evidence-Based Healthcare Centre was established in Olomouc in 2013. At the moment, it is called The Czech Republic (Central European) Centre for Evidence-Based Healthcare (CEBHC): A Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Centre of Excellence. Apart from the certified courses for creating systematic reviews, an implementation programme, secondary research and a number of other activities, its team has erudition and competence to become the mentors of professionals who aim to establish an affiliated workplace.
- Select the subjects suitable for the inclusion and implementation of the evidence-based methodology and update their content.
- Create a syllabus of the new subject titled Evidence-Based Education and Healthcare.
- Prepare the concept proposal for the establishment of the Evidence-Based Education Centre at PdF UP.
The selection of suitable subjects was carried out on the basis of the strategy: one subject in each of the four semesters of the follow-up master's studies. The adaptation thereof and the syllabus creation for the new subject of Evidence-Based Education and Healthcare (EBEd and EBHC) were implemented, applying the principles of the JBI methods.1,2 These include3,4 first, EBHC methodology and its application in health care, educational practice and research; second, structured search activity; third, sorting of the searched sources by relevance to the question of inquiry; fourth, categorization of the searched studies according to the research design; fifth, critical evaluation of studies; sixth, Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses for Protocols (PRISMA-P); and seventh, specifications of the systematic review creation. Creation of the concept design for the establishment of the Evidence-Based Education Centre at PdF UP was carried out based on the recommendations of the guarantor of the TVSNS study programme, the cofounder of The Czech Republic (Central European) CEBHC: A JBI Centre of Excellence.5,6
Output of the pilot project is represented by the adjusted syllabus of the subject: ‘Scientific Components in the curriculum of the health education (1 and 2)’ (a two-semester teaching programme, in total 52 lessons) and the subject of ‘Diploma Thesis Seminar (1 and 2)’ (a two-semester teaching programme, in total 26 lessons). The optional subject ‘EBEd and EBHC’ was created, with 26 lessons. This subject focuses on deeper understanding of the quantitative and qualitative principles of the systematic review creation and on the comprehension of the various systematic review types. The concept design for the establishment of the Evidence-Based Education Centre includes suggestions for the optimal strategy in terms of human resources: first, five full time academic employees, with a minimum English language level of B2–C1 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), required to have completed the ‘Evidence-Based in Practice’ course, and ‘Comprehensive systematic review training programme’ course; second, a full time Head/Director of the Centre (training as above), minimum level of English language C1 (CEFR) (due to the obligation to participate in quarterly JBI European region video conferences and to attend the annual JBI centres directors’ meeting); third, a full-time Deputy Head (training as above), English language minimum B2; fourth, specialized researcher, who completes the training on specifications for the systematic review search activity (part time, developing into full time as the centre grows), English language minimum B2; fifth, office assistant (part time, developing into full time as the centre grows) English language minimum B2. The strategy also included the proposal for the workload of the centre's team: first 2 years without teaching duties, focusing exclusively on the EBEd topics and secondary research, including completion of the courses, creating the systematic review protocols, full systematic review and related publishing activities. In the follow-up period, there are also pedagogical activities at the Faculty, University, as well as organizing certified courses etc. The current output of the pilot project is the appointment of the Work Group to discuss the establishment of the Centre for Evidence-Based Education, which operates under the guidance of the Vice-Dean for Science, Research and Doctoral Studies, the Statutory Representative of the Dean.
In relation to the requirements for improving quality in education and health care, a substantial theoretical and practical EBP study becomes a significant component for the improvement of educational and healthcare practice. It is appropriate to implement comprehensive EBP modules with several subjects into the curriculum. This way, the students are able to better understand the methods and procedures of individual EBP steps (including implementation, evaluation and dissemination) and after graduation possibly apply these steps in their roles as teachers. The EBP topic should be taught by well trained pedagogues with previous research experience. Competency in English language with a minimum level of B2–C1 CEFR is indeed necessary. Teachers should enter the specialized EBP courses willing to rebuild their current ways of working with professional information, in particular in the context of the EBP methodological rules.
We acknowledge Miloslav Klugar, PhD, director of The Czech Republic Centre for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Knowledge Translation, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Czech Republic for cooperation on the concept design for the establishment of the Evidence-Based Education Centre.
The pilot project is dedicated to the institutional support for long-term development of research at the Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc.
Conflicts of interest
The authors are unaware of any conflicts of interest.
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