podcast picture of microphonePodcasts are increasingly being used for health professionals’ education. They are utilized by individual practitioners, teaching institutions, and many major journals are adding podcasts to their offerings. To date, there are no evidence-based guidelines for the development of educational podcasts.

Below are some snippets regarding the evidence base for podcasts from the recent literature.

“This study suggests that podcasts and blog posts are useful for extracurricular knowledge acquisition by undergraduate medical students with no significant difference between the two modalities. The usage conditions for each type of media differ.”

“Participants who completed the assessments demonstrated an effect of learning. The top three activities participants were engaged in while listening to the podcasts were driving (46%), completing chores (26%), and exercising (23%).”

How about speeding up the playback on the podcast to 1.5x?  Does it make a difference? “These findings suggest that, unlike previously published studies that showed subjective improvement in performance with sped-up video-recorded lectures compared to normal speed, objective performance may be worse.”

“Podcasts are an effective method for medical residents to learn from pharmacy students and may also improve pharmacy students’ confidence in their abilities.”

“There is limited evidence showing the efficacy of podcasts as teaching tools, or regarding best practices in making podcasts. More rigorous studies evaluating efficacy, changes in behavior, and changes in patient outcomes need to be performed in order to prove podcasts‘ value and to justify production costs.”




Dr. BussieresIn this podcast episode, André Bussières DC, PhD and I discuss topics such as: research utilization and knowledge translation in chiropractic (the Know-Do gap) as well as professional behaviour change, and the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative.

Dr. André Bussières is an Assistant Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy and an Associate Member, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. He is a professor in the Chiropractic Department at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He has clinical training in nursing (U. Montreal, 1987) and chiropractic (CMCC, 1991), and completed an MSc in Kinesiology (UQTR, 2008), and a PhD in Population Health (U. Ottawa, 2012). He was in private practice between 1993 and 2007. He is a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Scientists (Canada), and serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and BMC Health Service Research, and is an Editorial Board member of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

He holds a Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) Professorship in Rehabilitation Epidemiology (McGill University) and leads the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. His research interest focuses on clinical practice guidelines development and uptake to improve patient care and health outcome, knowledge synthesis, implementation research and professional behaviour change.

Dr. Bussières Appointments:

  • Assistant Professor, McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Cross-appointment: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Professeur (régulier), Département Chiropratique, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Education: BSc (Nursing) Université de Montréal; DC, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto; Fellowship in Clinical Sciences, Toronto; MSc (Kinesiology) Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières; PhD (Population Health) University of Ottawa.

Research Interests:

Dr. Bussières’ research focuses on clinical practice guideline development and uptake to improve process of care and patient outcome, knowledge synthesis, implementation research and professional behaviour change, and musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr. Bussières website at McGill University:

Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative:

Links to articles by Dr. Bussières mentioned in the podcast:

1. Evidence-based practice, research utilization, and knowledge translation in chiropractic: a scoping review.
Bussières AE, Al Zoubi F, Stuber K, French SD, Boruff J, Corrigan J, Thomas A.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 13;16:216. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1175-0. Review.
PMID: 27412625 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article
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2. Self-reported attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice among Canadian doctors of chiropractic: a national survey.
Bussières AE, Terhorst L, Leach M, Stuber K, Evans R, Schneider MJ.
J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2015 Dec;59(4):332-48.
PMID: 26816412 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
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3. Fast tracking the design of theory-based KT interventions through a consensus process.
Bussières AE, Al Zoubi F, Quon JA, Ahmed S, Thomas A, Stuber K, Sajko S, French S; Members of Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative..
Implement Sci. 2015 Feb 11;10:18. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0213-5.
PMID: 25880218 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article
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4. The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative: progress to date.
Bussières A.
J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2014 Sep;58(3):215-9. No abstract available.
PMID: 25202149 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
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