When: Friday April 1st 2011, 12-4pm
Where: Manchester University
Purpose: To promote the lunch of evidence synthesis network (re-launch/re-birth of systematic review network) its aim being to share expertise, training and minimize effort between researchers
There were 6 speakers in total 2 key-note & 4 snapshot presentations. There was also a Q&A session jointly shared by the 2 key-note speakers. I will not repeat presentations word by word, merely summarise highlights. I have attached the Powerpoint to hopefully give you an overall idea of themes.
Key Note Speaker 1 -Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence
Challenges of Evidence Synthesis of Complex Public Health Interventions
- NICE’s role within Public Health evidence provision
- The methodological principles that govern NICE’s work
- That methods often work well, Public Health questions or problems that are posed less so! Tackling the issue of Public Health problem versus Public Health Intervention
- The challenges when applied to Public Health interventions including: breadth of evidence base; absence of good processes; dealing with non-UK data and individual characteristics versus relational characteristics
- Public Health working as a predictive model of cause (Newton vs. Hobbes)
- The health gradient
- Ended with the ‘limitations’ of evidence
Key Note Speaker 2 – Mike Clarke, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin
Cochrane Reviews: improving usefulness and use
- How Cochrane Reviews can and should be used
- How evidenced-based health care is just not about randomised trials. Randomised trials and systematic reviews are just 1 component
- Cochrane Principles
- Reliable evidence needs to minimise chance and bias
- By end of 2011 there will be an estimated 5000 Cochrane reviews available
- New materials and methods such as journal club material and author-podcasts are now being made available
- Presentation concluded with discussion of ‘evidence-aid’ allowing free access to the data in disaster areas – in an effort to move away from experience based decision making in these circumstances to evidenced based decision making
Question & Answer Session
Some of the questions put to Mike Clarke & Mike Kelly included:
- role of practitioner-led research
- research with pharmaceutical industry and the possible need for quality legislation
- complex methods for synthesising evidence – too exclusive? Is there a need for inclusiveness?
- and more!
Please click on the snapshot presentation title to view the pdf of the presentation.
Snapshot 4 -GRADE: The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation By Toni Tan
The session ended with a roundtable discussion focusing on different questions concerning evidence synthesis and the network moving forward.
Overall this was a really enjoyable and useful session/launch – unfortunately due to the vast amount of information given, time ran a little short, which meant not much ‘networking’ opportunities, but I would encourage everyone to check out the presentations and if possible (and if relevant) attend this.