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PPC IV & V Practice Based Learning and Improvement Presentation Guide: Home

PBLI Assignment Help

  • Assignment Help Sessions 
    • Friday, October 21st from 12-1 pm in room G-105 and via Zoom. Zoom information is in the PBLI announcement in the PPC IV CANVAS site.
    • Monday, October 24th from 12-1 pm in room G-105 and via Zoom. Zoom information is in the PBLI announcement in the PPC IV CANVAS site

College of Medicine Curriculum Mapper, Asst. Professor of Family and Community Medicine

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Heather McEwen, MLIS, MS
Office: G-142 (within the Department of Family and Community Medicine)

Jessica Ferrell, Ph.D.


Co-EBM Thread Leader

Assistant Professor, Integrative Medical Sciences


Office: F-242

Phone: 330-325-6468


Assignment Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, students will be able to:

  • apply their EBM skills to ask and answer a clinical question about a patient you observed during a PACE visit.
  • use PPICO to create a clinical question
  • perform a literature search to find a research article/clinical guideline that is relevant to their patient's care
  • evaluate a research article/clinical guideline for it's relevance and validity
  • apply a research article/clinical guideline to patient care and provide an answer to the clinical question to a clinician and the patient.

Competency: Practice-Based Learning and Improvement


  • To investigate and evaluate patient care practices
  • To appraise and assimilate scientific evidence
  • To improve patient care practices
  • To practice asking and answering clinical questions


Practice-Based Leaning and Improvement (PBLI), simply put, is how a physician improves him or herself in the practice of medicine.  PBLI is important because physicians should monitor the quality of their own work, improve their work, and keep up with developments in medicine.  The broader rationale for PBLI is based on the belief that physicians should be leaders in making change rather than reacting to changes made by others, and the belief that positive changes in one’s own practice behavior can have positive effects on large systems.  Specific examples in medical education include:  increasing preventive care, improving chronic disease management, and enhancing patient safety.


The approach to PBLI includes the following:

  • Thinking about practice patterns/beliefs.
  • Analyzing practice patterns/beliefs to identify learning/improvement areas.
  • Developing a learning plan for improvement.
  • Applying the learning plan to improve practice patterns.
  • Monitoring the impact of the learning plan on outcomes or behaviors.

Other Relevant Guides


Information for this guide was provided by:

  • LuAnne Stockton, BS, BA
  • Stephanie Henderson, MLS
  • Heather McEwen, MS, MLIS

EBM content also provided by:

  • Michelle Cudnik, Pharm.D.