Cochrane UK are delighted to be hosting the 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium. It will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland from 16th to 18th September 2018.
The theme of the Colloquium will be:
‘Cochrane for all – better evidence for better health decisions’.
This will be a Colloquium for everyone. It will welcome newcomers to Cochrane from all parts of the world and from all backgrounds. One of the key aims is to increase the involvement of patients, carers and family members (healthcare consumers) in our work.
As such, the Colloquium 2018 will be a Patients Included event that is co-designed, co-produced and co-presented by healthcare consumers and where everyone’s input is valued equally.
The Colloquium 2018 will focus on the key goals of Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020, looking through the eyes of healthcare consumers and in partnership with them:
• Producing evidence
• Making evidence accessible
• Advocating for evidence
Martin Burton, Director of Cochrane UK, said: “We have been asked why our focus is on patients, when Cochrane has so many different stakeholders, and we know that all stakeholders ultimately share the same goal – better health for patients. We believe we can best achieve this by working together as equal partners.
We want to make this an inclusive, inspiring and accessible event. We also want to build on our existing work involving and engaging with consumers, to take this engagement to a new level after the event is over”.
There are various groups involved in the organization of this event, including a Patients Included Advisory Group.
Patients Included Advisory Group
The members of this group have a wealth of expertise
as patients, carers and patient advocates, researchers
and research participants. They are advising on how
the Colloquium can be made accessible and inclusive for all.
Patricia A Rodger
You can keep up to date with communications on the Colloquium via our website and social media pages.
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