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Plenary I: Better knowledge for better health: Effectiveness and Efficiency   

The learning objectives of this plenary session are to ensure participants:

  1. Recognize the role of evidence to support health care decision-making.
  2. Acquire an understanding of the history of The Cochrane Collaboration and its contribution to evidence-based decisions in health care.
  3. Identify future opportunities for The Cochrane Collaboration to support evidence informed health care and health systems.

Effectiveness and Efficiencypublished in 1972 is a landmark publication that has had a major influence on health services research and the thinking about health systems globally. In it, Archie Cochrane argued “all effective treatments should be free”, and for robust research to support health system decisions about what care to provide and how to provide it. In this plenary, speakers will reflect on the relevance of Cochrane’s arguments 40 years on, how The Cochrane Collaboration has contributed to better knowledge globally and what still needs to be done.

Chairs: Alain Beaudet and France Légaré

Speakers:

Professor Thomas J Walley, MB, BCh, MD, FRCPI, FRCP, CBE
Director, NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies and Director of the HTA Programme
Professor, Health Services Research, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool
Effectiveness and efficiency: better knowledge for better health

Lisa Bero, PhD
Professor, University of California, San Francisco
Director, San Francisco Branch US Cochrane Center
Cochrane Reviews travel the world . . . but evidence can only take you so far

Dr Andrew D Oxman, MD, MSc
Researcher, Global Health Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services
From there to here, the first 20 years of The Cochrane Collaboration

*Please note that Professor Marmot is unfortunately unable to attend - his presentation previously posted has been cancelled.



Plenary II: Better knowledge for better health: knowledge users’ perspectives

The learning objectives of this plenary session are to ensure participants:

  1. Distinguish the information needs of different types of knowledge users in health care.
  2. Illustrate different approaches to making systematic review evidence available to knowledge users.
  3. Discuss opportunities for The Cochrane Collaboration to better address the information needs of different decision-maker groups.

The Cochrane Collaboration aims to serve the needs of diverse knowledge users including health system policy-makers and managers, health care professionals, and consumers and carers. This plenary will consider the different knowledge needs of these diverse audiences, different approaches to making systematic review evidence accessible to these diverse audiences and opportunities for The Cochrane Collaboration to better address their knowledge needs.

Speakers:

Dr John N. Lavis, MD PhD
Director, McMaster Health Forum
Associate Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Political Science, McMaster University
Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Knowledge for health system managers and policy makers

Dr Jimmy Volmink, BSc, MBChB, DCH, MPH, DPhil
Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
Director, South African Cochrane Centre
Knowledge for healthcare professionals

Dr France Légaré, B.Sc. Arch MD, PhD, CCFP, FCFP
Canada Research Chair in Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Primary Care
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Université Laval
Researcher, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ)
Promoting shared decision-making for better decisions and health

Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA
Co-Chair, Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare (CUE) Steering Committee
Executive Director, LymeDisease.org
The Intersection Between Evidence-Based and Patient-Centered Healthcare




Plenary III: Better knowledge for better health: an Americas’ perspective

The learning objectives of this plenary session are to ensure participants:

  1. Understand current health care challenges and opportunities within the Americas.
  2. Recognize the distinct health challenges faced by aboriginal peoples.
  3. Understand how The Cochrane Collaboration can contribute more to this endeavour.

The diversity of health problems, health care systems and societies across the Americas raise challenges for evidence informed health decision-making. During this session, our speakers will describe some of these challenges, opportunities to address them and discuss how The Cochrane Collaboration can contribute to this. 

Speakers:

Dr. Catherine L. Cook, MD, MSc., CCFP, FCFP
Associate Dean, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health
Knowledge for indigenous peoples

Dr. Jose Romero Teruel, MD, MPH, PhD
Assistant Director, ad interim, Pan American Health Organization
Better Knowledge and Health for the Americas

Dr. Alan Bernstein, O.C.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Better Knowledge for Global Health: A Central Role for the Cochrane Collaboration

Dr Tim Evans, DPhil, MD
Director, Health Nutrition and Population, World Bank
Knowledge for global health systems



Plenary IV: Even Better knowledge for better health: The next 20 years

The learning objectives of this plenary session are to ensure participants:

  1. Explore Web 3.0 and linked data opportunities to make health evidence more accessible to diverse knowledge users.
  2. Discover new models of community engagement that can better support societies’ needs.
  3. Determine how The Cochrane Collaboration can better support societies’ needs. 

Changes in technology and societies offer new opportunities to promote evidence informed health decision-making. In this plenary we consider how technologies can advance the accessibility of health evidence, how social entrepreneurship can enable community engagement on health issues and how The Cochrane Collaboration will position itself to make the most of these opportunities to advance our mission. 

Speakers:

Chris Mavergames, MLIS
Director of Web Development, The Cochrane Collaboration
The Future of Knowledge: #CochraneTech to 2020 (and beyond)

David Bornstein
Author,How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas(Oxford University Press); Journalist, The New York Times
The Cochrane Collaboration as an Engine for Social Innovation: How can Cochrane contributors leverage their work to advance system changes in healthcare?

Mark G. Wilson, M.A., DIP.JOUR., M.PHIL., M.M., FCMI
Chief Executive Officer, The Cochrane Collaboration
From here to there, the next 20 years of The Cochrane Collaboration