Estudantes para Melhores Evidências - a student-driven blog of Evidence-Based Healthcare content supported by Cochrane
2Centro Universitario São Camilo / Hospital Sírio Libanês / Cochrane Affiliate Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Brazil
3Centro Universitario Arthur Sá Earp (UNIFASE), Brazil
4Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp), Brazil
5Universidade Metropolitana de Santos / Hospital Sírio Libanês / Cochrane Affiliate Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Brazil
6Universidade Metropolitana de Santos, Brazil
7Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp) / Núcleo de Avaliações Tecnológicas em Saúde Unifesp Diadema / Chronide, Brazil
8Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp) / Hospital Sírio Libanês / Cochrane Affiliate Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Brazil
Background: Blogs are technologies that are being tested and assessed for their value in educational environments as a way to increase student engagement, assess student knowledge, and improve retention of material. This poster aims to report the experience and the results of the “Estudantes para Melhores Evidências” (EME) blog after 18 months of its launch as one strategy to engage students in the active learning of Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) topics and to help disseminate the content throughout social media channels.
Objectives: To describe the experience of a student-driven blog on EBHC written from and intended to students.
Methods: Descriptive case analysis. We used an analytics tool (Google Analytics) and its metrics to see where the website captured attention, and where we have opportunities to increase engagement.
Results: EME was officially launched in August 2021 with the support from Cochrane and has produced 75 blogs so far. All the blogs were written by Brazilian students; most of them undergraduates. The website has been visited 35.971 times by 27.353 users with 49.928-page visualizations (Figure 1). Eighty-six percent of the access was done by a new user, whereas 14% was done by returning users. Eighty-two percent of users were from Brazil, 7.02% from Portugal, 5,09% from the United States of America (USA), with several other countries with less than 1% (Figure 2). A few countries had no access so far, most of them in Africa and Asia. Seventy-six percent of users have from 18 to 44 years of age, with 54.15% of males. The most accessed blog was “Intervalo de confiança – o que é e como interpretar” (“Confidence interval – what it is and how to interpret”) with 4,034 pageviews.
Conclusions: Blogs are being assessed for their value in educational environments as a way to increase student engagement, assess student knowledge, and improve retention of material. We considered the results from the “Estudantes para Melhores Evidências” blog very exciting and promising to foster student engagement and learning on EBM content. Patient, public, and/or healthcare consumer involvement: none.