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.