DECIDE International Conference

2-4 June 2014
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland

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.


Conference Programme / Conference Programme one-page overview

Workshop Sessions Programme



Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


Monday 02 June 2014


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


Tuesday 03 June 2014


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


Wednesday 04 June 2014


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

What next for guidelines? A NICE perspective. Professor Stephen Pilling, University College London

Posters by project Work Package (WP)



Overview of the DECIDE project



CLICK-IT: How do clinicians like and understand trustworthy guidelines?

SHARE-IT: Generic Decision Aids from Guidelines for the Clinical Encounter

A novel multilayered presentation format for clinical practice guidelines

DECIDE WP1 strategies for healthcare professionals

Test Center: Test our frameworks live using multiple devices!


Dissemination Activity

Going from evidence to coverage decision

Developing a conceptual framework to support coverage decisions for vaccines adoption in Lombardy (Italy)

Using DECIDE for coverage decision making in the real world: the experience of the Modena Local Health Service Trust


DECIDE: survey on awareness of NICE guidelines and their implementation

Does format of clinical guidelines influence acceptability/uptake by healthcare professionals?

Factors influencing implementation of clinical practice guidelines: what do users think?

DECIDE - Voluntary Health Scotland and SIGN: survey of patient and public awareness and guidelines

Public awareness of and attitudes to clinical guidelines: a systematic review


An overview of our work

What guideline developers say about ...


Strategies for communicating evidence to inform decisions about health system and public health interventions

GET IT Glossary with interactive resources

interactive Evidence to Decision (iEtD) frameworks

interactive Summary of Findings (iSoF) tables

Progress and plans


Who we are ... and what we aim to do

Guideline Development Tool (GDT) from start to finish


June 2014 Newsletter

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.


DECIDE Twitter account:     decide_2014, hashtag #DECIDE_2014

You can see our Tweet summary at


DECIDE Twitter information



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):

  • Clinicians needing to make treatment decisions
  • Clinicians needing to make decisions about diagnostic tests.
  • Clinicians, managers, or policy makers needing to make decisions about screening
  • Health service managers
  • Policy makers with responsibility for health services
  • Patients and carers
  • Media and other organisations with an interest in health care

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.