The hosting of an International Conference on promoting the use of evidence-based interventions was a key project deliverable of the DECIDE project. The event was held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th June, 2014. Healthcare Improvement Scotland, a partner in the DECIDE project, led on conference organisation.
The stated aim of the conference is the "dissemination of the results of the project, providing training, an opportunity for dialogue across countries, feedback on the deliverables of the project that will be available at that time, and promotion of improved methods of grading evidence and strength of recommendations. The conference will be targeted at guideline developers, researchers and policymakers". To help us measure how well we achieved these aims we sought feedback during the event which we have took into account in the later stages of the project.
Opening address: How useful are evidence-based guidelines to primary care? Professor Bruce Guthrie, University of Dundee
Overview of the DECIDE project. Dr Andrew Oxman, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
Evidence informed practice: Guidelines and the European Union 7th Framework Programme. Dr Barbara Kerstiëns, European Commission Project Officer
GRADE: What does it offer to guideline producers? Professor Holger Schünemann, McMaster University, Canada
Communicating evidence-based recommendations to health professionals. Dr Pablo Alonso, The Biomedical Research Institute (IIB-Sant Pau), Barcelona, Spain
Relating clinical decisions to evidence. Dr Per Olav Vandvik, Associate Professor at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
AGREE - A3 (Application, Appropriateness, Action): implementing guideline recommendations. Dr Melissa Brouwers, McMaster University, Canada
Communicating to patients about evidence-based decisions. Karen Facey, University of Glasgow
Clincal guidelines: what does the public need to know? Anna Sayburn, BMJ Publishing
Applying DECIDE tools to coverage decisions. Dr Marina Davoli, The Department of Epidemiology of Lazio Regional Health Service, Italy
Applying DECIDE tools to coverage decisions in a national health service: a decision maker’s perspective. Dr Carlo Saitto, Local Health Unit Roma E, Rome
Applying DECIDE tools to coverage decisions in a national health service: a methodologist’s perspective. Dr Francesco Nonino: Emilia Romagna Health and Social Care Agency, Bologna
Shared decision making. Professor Trudy van der Weijden, Professor Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines, Maastricht University
Decision making and implementation of the Dutch bowel cancer screening program: The role of commitment and communication. Dr Harriët van Veldhuizen, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Netherlands
Making evidence-based diagnostic decisions in Scotland. Dr Emilia Crighton, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Using the Evidence to Recommendations Framework in WHO guidelines. Dr Metin Gülmezoglu, World Health Organization
The DECIDE Evidence to Recommendation framework - adapted to the public health field in Sweden. Dr Karin Guldbrandsson and Dr Nils Stenström, Swedish National Institute for Public Health
The importance of collaboration. Dr Sonja Kersten, IKNL (Comprehensive Cancer Centre), the Netherlands
The Department of Epidemiology of Lazio Regional Health Service (DECIDE project partner and leader of Work Package 2) have produced a newsletter for June 2014 which summarises their input to and experiences of the DECIDE International Conference.
You can see our Tweet summary at http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/decide_2014/
A big, big "thank you" to everyone who contributed to the DECIDE International Conference at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland from 2-4 June 2014.
For those who couldn't make it, the conference discussed issues around communicating evidence to (in no particular order):
Our sincere appreciation goes to our attendees who came from near and far. We hope that you enjoyed our varied programme of events and look forward to your feedback. To our expert panellists and invited speakers, thank you for your invaluable insights into the wide range of themes under discussion. We would also like to thank the workshop leaders and helpers and also the staff at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Healthcare Improvement Scotland / Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network who organised the event and whose staff were on hand to keep things running smoothly each day.
~ Bill Slater (Research Project Manager), on behalf of the DECIDE Consortium.