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posted on: 29 Jan 2013 - 07:26
Providing effective health care to ageing populations, in Africa and beyond
Sue Marcus is the Managing Editor of the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Review Group, based in Oxford, UK. Here she reflects on a recent conference focusing on issues relevant to ageing populations in Africa, on the global nature of many of the issues raised, and on the role of The Cochrane Collaboration in addressing the health care needs of ageing populations, in low- and middle-... read more
posted on: 30 Nov 2012 - 07:57
Eminence vs. evidence
Alan Cassels is the author of the recently published Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease, and is currently writing a social history of The Cochrane Collaboration. Here he presents the essential differences – with illustrative examples – between ‘eminence-based medicine’ and ‘evidence-based medicine’. read more
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posted on: 16 Nov 2012 - 12:57
Instant feedback on a Cochrane Review: engaging online with a community of practitioners
Atle Fretheim and Sophie Witter are two members of a four-member author team who prepared a Cochrane Review with the Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group, focusing on the evaluation of strategies to improve health care and health through performance-based financing. Here they discuss their experience of engaging in an online forum with practitioners of the intervention about the... read more
posted on: 19 Oct 2012 - 03:54
Beautiful minds working together to save lives
Ashraf Fawzy Nabhan is professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, with an appointment at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. A Cochrane contributor since 2006, he also serves as Middle East and North Africa Co-ordinator of The Cochrane Developing Countries Field, and as Director of the Egyptian Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. read more
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posted on: 4 Oct 2012 - 21:19
Trying to impact the real world
Richard Smith was the editor of the BMJ until 2004 and is director of the United Health Group’s chronic disease initiative. He spoke at the 2012 Cochrane Colloquium in Auckland, New Zealand, on 'Transparency in health care decisions - possible or a pipe dream?' Here he reflects on the challenges The Cochrane Collaboration faces in delivering evidence effectively to practitioners, consumers,... read more

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