7th EBHC Teachers and Developers Conference in Sicily another smashing success

The 7th International Conference for EBHC teachers and developers was held during October 28-31 in beautiful Taormina, Sicily. This year’s conference aimed to promote an evidence-based approach to healthcare to increase value and reduce waste. With 7 keynote lectures, 9 workshops and theme groups, 41 oral presentations, and 12 posters, the Conference highlighted the key role of Evidence-based Health Care to address five outstanding challenges for the sustainability of health services: 

  •  Variation in utilization of health care services that cannot be explained by variation in patient illness or patient preferences
  • Patient harm from overdiagnosis and overtreatment
  • Inequity from underuse of high value health services by certain social groups
  • Failure to prevent diseases
  • Waste, anything that does not add value to the outcome for patients

The conference had an extensive scientific programme including keynote addresses from Trisha Greenhalgh, Sir Muir Gray, Paul Glasziou, Per Vandvik, Rod Jackson, Brian Alper, and Nino Cartabellotta. Workshops were held on statistics, decision aids, better value healthcare, MAGIC, GATE, and implementation theory. Theme groups were held on evidence-based research, patient engagement, and the Chain network. As always, the Sicilian setting with sun (and rain!), sea and exquisite cuisine added to the success of the conference.

Save the date for the next conference: 8th EBHC International Conference. Taormina, 25th – 28th October 2017.  

Bringing EBP and SDM together

The first joint conference of the International Society for Evidence Based Health Care (ISEHC) and the International Shared Decision Making (ISDM) group, in Sydney, Australia, is off to a smashing start. Over 300 delegates from more than 25 countries are attending. Follow the conference via Twitter #ISDMISEHC, and via co-chair Lyndal Trevena’s blog at the BMJ:


Abstract deadline February 27 for ISDM/ISEHC in Sydney

February 27 is the deadline to submit your abstract to the fourth ISEHC conference, taking place July 19-22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. This year, the conference will be a joint conference with the International Shared Decision Making group, bringing evidence-based practice and shared decision-making together. The two fields are closely related and have much to contribute to each other and to better care with patients. This year’s conference promises to be as much a success as the previous ones, with prominent keynote speakers such as Victor Montori, Alexandra Barratt and Sharon Strauss. Come and join like-minded colleagues, make your own contribution, and enjoy the many pleasures of Sydney!

We look forward to seeing you there. Go to www.isdm-isehc2015.org for more info.


Learn more about evidence-based practice

If you want to improve your knowledge and skills related to evidence-based practice, and teaching EBP, this workshop is for you. The 22nd Annual McMaster Evidence Based Clinical Practice Workshop will be held June 8-12, 2015 at McMaster University, the birthplace of evidence-based medicine (EBM), in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This popular workshop, sponsored by the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, is led by world-renowned clinical epidemiologists and EBM practitioners from McMaster University and abroad. To get the early-bird discount, register before December 31, 2014.

Read more and register here.

ISEHC 2014: EBM is PM, needs SDM, more s’s, and step 0

That pretty much sums it up…!  With its 3rd successful conference in Taipei, ISEHC has cemented its presence in the EBM world. The Taipei conference attracted 537 participants from 24 countries. Over 60 oral and almost 200 poster presentations were held, and the hosts with Ken Kuo in the lead put on an excellent scientific program and a wonderful social program, including a great deal of great meals, from delicious buffets and gourmet lunch boxes to sumptuous morning and afternoon teas, not to mention the musical gala dinner….  Thank you, ISEHC2014 for 4 great days!

Below are some of the highlights and take-home messages from the keynote speakers.

Paul Glasziou defined 6 important proposals for EBHC’s future, among them “don’t skip step 0 in the EBM process” (recognise uncertainty), “take non-drug interventions seriously” (yeah, says the physio!) and “teach shared decision making alongside EBM”. Guideline recommendations are at the center of an effective evidence based practice and ambiguous, unclear recommendations are like jellyfish – without spine or structure (would take a surfer to know his sea creatures).

Brian Haynes defined, in his dithyrambic talk, 7 priorities for improving EBM success, the top one being that we “shift research (and research funding!) to the right”, meaning from basic research to implementation (knowledge translation) research. And don’t forget to accessss (that’s 4 s’s) the evidence!

Brian Alper also likes the letter S and added a few S words to the 6S pyramid – does it now have 9 s’s? Who will come up with the 10th s?

Ken Kuo chose to focused on the letter A, as in awareness to adherence, and explained about dochakuka and glocalization – global evidence, local implementation. He shared some of the excellent guideline work being done in Taiwan, as did Naohito Yamaguchi about the equally excellent guideline work being done in Japan within the MINDS network.

Gordon Guyatt walked us through the different uses of relative and absolute risks/effects and then redefined EBM as PM.  Evidence-based Medicine is Personalized Medicine!  Which leads us on to Victor Montori’s and Lyndal Trevena’s key messages – that EBM is nothing without SDM!

… which leads into the future and next years’s conference where EBM really meets SDM. Abstract submission is now open – see you in Sydney in July 2015!?

Read more about the Taipei conference, and check out the keynote slides and all the great photos at www.isehc2014.tw.

Read more about the 2015 conference in Sydney, and send in your abstract at http://www.isdm-isehc2015.org/

The August 2014 Newletter is now available, under the Newsletter tab. Click here to read it. Read about a report from Vadodora, the ACT tool, shared decision making, teaching EBM, surrogate outcomes, and more.

Time to prepare for Taiwan

The scientific program for the 3rd ISEHC Conference in Taipei, November 6-9, 2014, is now being finalised. Paul Glasziou will be kicking off the conference in the morning of November 7 (precon workshops on the 6th), and will be followed by plenary lectures by Brian Haynes, Naohito Yamaguchi, Gordon Guyatt, Ken Kuo, Victor Montori and Amanda Burls.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations have now been accepted and can be found on the conference website. ISECH 2014 offers an excellent scientific program consisting of 7 pre-conference workshops, 7 plenary lectures, 8 symposia, 90 oral presentations and 260 poster presentations from 19 countries.

Please see www.isehc2014.tw for all the conference information, book your fligths and… see you on “the beautiful island” of Taiwan!