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[Consumer Stream] Making sense of scientific evidence: how consumers can contribute to Cochrane reviews (part 1 of 2)

Date and Location




Friday 20 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Sally Crowe


Gill Gyte
Dell Horey
Sally Crowe
Target audience

Target audience


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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: To help consumers make sense of scientific evidence through discussion on (i) different ways of testing whether health treatments work, (ii) different types of evidence about healthcare and (iii) how consumers can help to improve Cochrane reviews. Participants will work on a practical example by commenting on a Cochrane Plain Language Summary (PLS). Description: This friendly and interactive workshop aims to help consumers develop the skills needed to make sense of scientific evidence, and understand how they can contribute to a Cochrane review. This workshop will assist in explaining issues around evidence-based care in a way that consumers can understand and discuss the ways that consumers can contribute to Cochrane reviews. Participants will work in small groups to look at a Cochrane PLS from a consumer perspective and, using a newly modified checklist, offer suggestions on how the PLS might be improved. Participants will also be able to give feedback on the checklist. All consumers are welcome and should be able to enjoy the workshop and learn more about Cochrane reviews and the role of consumers.