Experts from Qatar University-Health (QU-H) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have collaborated to design and deliver a comprehensive CPD research series aimed at enhancing the confidence and competence of healthcare professionals in the area of conducting research.
The second of the 6-part interactive webinar series welcomed participants from Qatar and internationally to discuss the skills required to search and interpret the published literature. This essential component of conducting research helps healthcare professionals identify relevant and the most recent published evidence that is applicable to their practice in delivering care.
Dr Zachariah Nazar, QU-H CPD coordinator commented that “Healthcare professionals are required to keep their skills and knowledge up to date with the latest and best evidence to support their patients. This interactive session provided participants with practical examples of how this skill can be applied to very relevant areas of practice, for example emerging evidence published around COVID-19”.
Amongst other topics, the session briefed participants on potential sources of bias in published research, the process of performing a robust literature review and the how the literature can be searched to help in answering practice related questions.
The session was led by Dr Daoud Al-Badriyeh, Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy, QU-Health, he explained that, “It is a critical time for healthcare professionals to develop their research skills. There is research that is published that may be biased and contain inaccurate conclusions, and therefore it is important that they can recognize this and not be misled.”
Dr. Daoud also added, “I felt that this session met the learning objectives and was very pleased with the high-level of interaction with the participants”
Prof. Dr. Marcus Lance, Head of Research, Department of Anesthesiology at HMC and Ms. Myriam ElJaam, Teaching Assistant at the College of Pharmacy, QU-Health also presented in this session. Prof. Dr Marcus recognized the enthusiasm of the participants and commended QU-Health and HMC for leading this initiative; “Such initiatives make so much sense. In Qatar, we have a great pool of highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals who are keen to contribute to the development of their peers, we must recognize QU-Health CPD and HMC for bringing us together for this series”.
Participants from all healthcare sectors in Qatar joined the live interactive webinar which was streamed live on YouTube to an international audience for free. This CPD series was co-designed by QU-Health and HMC following strategic meetings to discuss the learning and training needs of healthcare professionals in Qatar. Further CPD series have been planned in the coming months, which will see further collaboration between the two institutions in efforts to implement their shared commitment to supporting the optimization of healthcare provision in Qatar and beyond.