Monthly Archives: September 2013

The past, the present and the future

The last day of the Cochrane Colloquium kicked off with the first annual Cochrane lecture, delivered by Sir Iain Chalmers via videoconference. He showed a film he recently made with Mark Starr demonstrating the Oxford Database of Perinatal Trials (ODPT … Continue reading

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Rapid reviews: finding the sweet spot

The need for timely evidence is one of the realities that need consideration in evidence-informed decisionmaking. Decisionmakers often need evidence yesterday.  However, conducting a rigorous systematic review can take, depending on the question and the available trials, 1 to 3 … Continue reading

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The user’s perspective

How can Cochrane reviews impact or communicate to relevant users? The rigourous methodology employed in preparing Cochrane reviews will not be of any use if the information does not reach or impact relevant users. In today’s plenary session various speakers … Continue reading

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Navigating through the maze of evidence-informed policymaking

What are the implications and challenges of evidence-informed policymaking? This was explored in a session investigating international approaches related to the use of research evidence in policymaking. The following themes were unpacked:  Assessment of policymakers’ capacity for evidence-informed decision-making Translation … Continue reading

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Bienvenue à Quebec

This year’s Cochrane Colloquium is being held in Quebec City, Canada, situated on the shores of the St. Lawrence river, one of the largest rivers of the world. Founded in 1608, this old city is rich in history and an … Continue reading

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