Evidence Live 2017
Wednesday 21 – Thursday 22 June 2017
Blavatnik School of Government, Walton Street
Evidence Live is a partnership between The BMJ and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
This meeting combines debate on the latest issues with education and practical skills development; a community coming together for a conference and evidence-based workshops where international thinkers share ideas to improve healthcare. We seek answers to the question: how can we transform healthcare for the better?
Early Bird registration is now open for Evidence Live 2017 at £355 (fee includes all meeting materials, refreshments and gala dinner). Limited Medical and Health Science Student rates also available at £155.
Developing, Disseminating & Implementing Better Evidence for Better Healthcare
Abstracts are currently being accepted for oral and poster presentations, as well as workshops and seminars. You may submit your abstract or workshop under the following themes:
- Informed Decisions – evidence to better inform patients; shared decision making; tools for practice that can best support and serve patient choice.
- Clinical Trials – reducing publication bias and reporting bias; developing independent and affordable trials; patient involvement in developing relevant outcomes that matter.
- Evidence Synthesis – ensuring greater availability of existing data; use of more complex evidence to inform systematic reviews; more informative systematic reviews through wider uptake of unpublished evidence.
- Research Methods – promotion of rigorous research methods; better use of the range of evidence to underpin decision making that matters to patients; reduction of bias.
- Evidence-Based Policy – better evidence use for policy-making; strategies to inform and educate policy makers and politicians about evidence; guideline development and uptake.
- Routine Data – better use of large, routinely collected health data sets to inform practice; strategies that facilitate better sharing of data.
- Communication of Evidence – tools and mechanisms to ensure proper critique of lower quality evidence and dissemination of higher quality evidence; better communication of research; better access to evidence.
- Individual Accountability – system for declaring and managing conflicts of interests in order to reduce their impact for healthcare decisions that matter.
- Regulatory Evidence – address the quality and transparency of evidence submitted to regulators and hold them to account.
Two days of talks, presentations and debate on the
Evidence Live 2017 is a smaller symposium across two days focusing on EBM Manifesto 2.0: Better Evidence for Better Healthcare. The conference is offering a platform for you to orchestrate change in national and global health care systems, by sharing your contribution and ideas for better evidence for better healthcare.
There are huge shortcomings in the way that evidence-based medicine operates today: poor quality research; withheld evidence; piecemeal dissemination; a failure to respect patients’ priorities; and more. There is also a long history of people and organisations trying to fix these problems. We want to collate a clear set of achievable goals and a strong overview of which strategies work best to help deliver change better, and faster.
The first draft was written by members of the Evidence Live team and is an extension of the critique and solutions that were first reported in The BMJ article, “Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis” 25 and the editorial, “How medicine is broken, and how we can fix it.” 26
This is a practical, living document, and we expect it to change, with your input. But we are sharing this work at the earliest possible moment, following the principle of “release early, and release often!”. Our first draft sets out some of the key problems facing medicine today, and the changes we think are necessary. But for every one of these areas, we have five questions for you:
- What change do we want to achieve?
- What actions are currently underway to achieve this change?
- What new actions do you think would achieve this outcome better?
- How would we know we had succeeded?
- Are there any whole categories of problem, or activity, that we have missed?
Fixing EBM is a vast project that is led, and will be led, by huge numbers of disparate groups around the globe. We hope to focus global attention on the most effective tools and strategies we can use to deliver that change, so that we can all work together.
We will gather your feedback and ideas in as many ways as we can: through online dissemination that allows your comments to be captured, and through small group and round-table discussions in various venues around the world over the next six months. A final version of the manifesto will be published in The BMJ, and the development of an action plan will be main the focus of discussion at Evidence Live 2017.
Stunning venue designed to promote open discussion, interaction and collaboration
The Blavatnik School of Government was developed by internationally renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron. After becoming operational at the end of 2015, the building was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in May 2016.
On the lower ground floor, two horseshoe-shaped lecture theatres are designed to facilitate interaction among participants, and are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities.
The stunning open forum, around which teaching spaces are located, ensures natural light reaches into lecture theatres and provides a wonderful space for exhibitions, presentations and impromptu discussions.
Keep up to date with programme announcements and release of keynote speakers at http://evidencelive.org/.