Training for awareness on using Cochrane Library in Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Date & Time
Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location Name
Session Type
Understanding and using evidence
Muhamad NA1, Ma'amor NH1, Leman FN1, Rosli IA1, Syed Ahmad Yunus SZ2, Abu Hassan MR3
1Sector for Evidence-based Healthcare, National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
2Office of NIH Manager. National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health,, Malaysia
3Office of Deputy Director General (Research and Technical Support), Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Background: Healthcare providers are the most important frontline healthcare workers. Expansion and support for training and career development to improve evidence-based practice among the healthcare provider are needed to improve knowledge and quality of care . Extensive efforts have been made to train healthcare providers in evidence-based practice in Malaysia. Therefore, since 2021, Ministry of Health Malaysia has subscribed to Cochrane National License for all Malaysian users to increase the knowledge and the practice based on evidence. This effort was made for capacity building and improve the evidence-based practice for different type of healthcare providers and users in Malaysia.
Objectives: To improve the use of Cochrane Library and create awareness on the information provided by the Cochrane Library, a nationwide training was conducted among all the health professionals within Ministry of Health
Methods: National Institutes of Health was mandated to provide evidence-based trainings, and increase healthcare provided aptitude for working with research through evidence-based practice. We identified all government hospitals which have clinical research network throughout Malaysia. We invited all the healthcare professionals through the clinical research network and informed regarding the training content which also include the introduction on the use of latest version of national medical research registry. Clinical research network is a unit within participating hospitals which is affiliated to National Institutes of Health, Malaysia. Therefore, the unit actively participate in conducting and collaborating research program in Ministry of Health, Malaysia and other private agencies. We conducted training on how to use the Cochrane Library which is divided into several sessions in each hospital.
Results: Overall, the training improved healthcare provider awareness, EBP knowledge, and identify accessibility. The training also increases provider knowledge on using Cochrane Library, skill acquisition/adherence, competency, or satisfaction. Across all targeted hospitals, trainees identified actions they could take to apply the information they learned from Cochrane Library.
Conclusions: Healthcare provider training in evidence-based practice strengthen the knowledge in the workforce which can be used to improve knowledge and awareness.
Patient, public and/or healthcare consumer involvement: Healthcare provider, researcher, patients