Time to plan for Taiwan!

ISEHC is on a success path and is growing rapidly.  After two successful conferences the society is becoming an increasingly established player in the EBHC field.  It is soon time to turn our focus on the 3rd ISEHC conference in Taipei November 6-9, 2014.  Abstract submissions and workshop proposals can be submitted between February 15 and April 30. For details and abstract submission see the conference website: www.isehc2014.tw/

Happy Holidays!

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2nd ISEHC Conference in Sicily a smashing success!

The 2013 EBHC International Joint Conference was held on October 30-November 2 in Taormina, Sicily, and was a great success. For its second annual conference, ISEHC teamed up with EBHC Teachers and Developers, who have held conferences in Taormina since 2001. With the aim of promoting an evidence-based approach to health care, education and research, this turned out to be a perfect match. The commonality between the two societies is, of course, the basic principle that evidence should inform all healthcare decisions at all levels: patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare educators, and policy makers.

The Taormina conference attracted 159 participants from 30 countries, from Australia to Uruguay. The conference had an extensive scientific programme including keynote addresses from Gordon Guyatt, Paul Glasziou, Brian Haynes, Victor Montori, Amanda Burls, and Nino Cartabellotta. There were pre-conference workshops on GRADE and statistics, five plenary sessions, four parallel scientific sessions, four workshops and five theme groups. The 6 keynote lectures, 36 oral presentations and more than 50 posters contributed to highlighting the key role of Evidence-based Health Care in addressing the global challenge of the sustainability of health services.

Some key take home messages from the conference were Gordon Guyatt’s new First principle of EBM: Systematic summaries of the best available evidence should guide patient management decisions, Brian Haynes’ presentation and emphasis of the value of pre-appraised evidence to facilitate clinical decision making, and Paul Glasziou’s presentation, via link from Australia, on digestion of evidence and the use of YouTube in medicine. Other interesting highlights and outcomes of the conference were the initiation of an EBHC MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a funding appeal/proposal for the implementation of EBP in developing countries, and a proposal on how to integrate shared decision making in EBP education. Views of the future were shared and included the move to increasingly high-tech solutions for EBHC such as smart phones, integrated EMR’s, and push services.

The Sicilian setting with sun, sea and exquisite cuisine were, of course, no small parts in the success of the conference.  The ISEHC Board sincerely thanks Nino Cartabellotta and his team at the GIMBE Foundation for a great arrangement and for the opportunity to meet old and new friends!
More on the conference at http://www.ebhc.org/
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All Trials Registered; All Results Reported – sign the petition

Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered. Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated unnecessarily on people and animals. Sign the petition calling on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this:
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2nd ISEHC Conference, Sicily Nov 2013

The 2nd Conference of the International Society for EBHC will be held jointly with
the 6th International Conference for EBHC Teachers and Developers.

The joint conference will be held in beautiful Taormina (Sicily),
from 30th October – 2nd November 2013
For details and abstract submission see the conference website:

See you there!

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Welcome to ISEHC

Welcome to the website of the newly constituted International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care (ISEHC). The Society was prodded into existence by Kameshwar Prasad who sensed that many EBM enthusiasts around the world felt isolated and wanted more and better communication with others working to apply the principles of EBM at the bedside or in the clinic. The Society exists to foster and promote EBHC globally.


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