Utposten 1996 Nr 2

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How to practice evidence-based health care:

The 1st annual Nordic workshop on how to critically appraise and use evidence in decisions about health care


Sunday evening, June 16
– Friday morning, June 21, 1996

at the National Institute of Public Health,
Oslo, Norway

Evidence-based health care is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients or the delivery of health services. Current best evidence is up-to-date information from relevant, valid research about the effects of different forms of health care, the potential for harm from exposure to particular agents, the accuracy of diagnostic tests, and the predictive power of prognostic factors.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE To assist participants to develop the skills they need to identify relevant evidence, critically appraise the validity of evidence and use current best evidence in decisions about health care.

PARTICIPANTS Clinicians and other
decision makers at all levels of the health care system.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The workshop will use a small group, problem-solving format. Participants will be organized in small groups with similar interests in which they will learn the principles of evidence-based health care («organized common sense») by applying them to examples of practical health care problems. Each small group will have a tutor and a co-tutor. Prior to the workshop participants will receive educational materials that will provide the focus for the small group sessions, including a set of health care problems, examples of evidence that address these problems and users' guides for how to critically appraise and use the evidence in decisions. The workshop will also include large group sessions with presentations by the workshop faculty and individual study time with opportunities for participants to apply the principles of evidence-based health care to real problems from their own practices.

Registration Deadline for registration is April 15, 1996

Workshop fee NOK 1500,-

Further information about the organization of the Nordic workshop and registration material may be obtained from

Anne Karine Pedersen

National Institute of Public Health

P.o.box 4404 Torshov, 0403 Oslo, Norway

tlf.: +47 22 04 24 08

fax: +47 22 04 25 95

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