Choosing wisely: When less is more in health care
Three very good questions we might, as patients, ask our doctors when offered a test or a treatment are ‘is it supported by evidence?’, ‘could it harm me?’ and ‘is it necessary?’ These questions are at the heart of the Choosing Wisely initiative, developed in the US and Canada and launched this week here in the UK. It’s all about identifying common interventions that are of questionable value, which we might be better off not having, with a spotlight on the top five in each speciality.
UK & Ireland Symposium infomural
We hired graphic artists, Jongens van de Tekeningen to create an infomural, illustrating what happened at our UK & Ireland 2015 Symposium in Dublin last month. You can now access and download the infomural, here.
Award winning blogs
Both Evidently Cochrane and Students 4 Best Evidence were awarded top prize in their respective categories at the UK B
Read the latest Evidently Cochrane blog post at www.evidentlycochrane.net/keeping-people-warm-during-surgery-whats-the-evidence.
Students 4 Best Evidence
Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is a network for students interested inevidence-based health care. Blog posts about learning resources and issues in the media are written and submitted for publication by medical students from across the globe. Visit the blog at www.students4bestevidence.org.
Cochrane and Wikipedia
Cochrane and Wikipedia have a partnership for Cochrane to work with Wikipedia medical editors to transform the quality and content of health evidence available online. The partnership, formalized in 2014, supports the inclusion of relevant evidence within all Wikipedia medical articles, as well as processes to help ensure that medical information included in Wikipedia is of the highest quality and as accurate as possible. Trusted, evidence-based research can help people to make informed decisions about their own health care.