Making sense of scientific evidence and commenting on a Cochrane review from a consumer perspective

Topic category Consumer issues and shared decision making
Date and Location
Tuesday 2 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Sally Crowe (Contact this person) James Lind Alliance United Kingdom
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Sally Crowe James Lind Alliance United Kingdom
Gill Gyte Consumer Editor, Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group United Kingdom
Dell Horey La Trobe University Australia
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Abstract text
To help consumers make sense of scientific evidence through discussion of:
1. Different ways of testing whether health treatments work;
2. Why randomised controlled trials are considered to be the best way of assessing the effectiveness of treatments;
3. The importance of systematic reviews; and
4. Commenting on a Cochrane review from a consumer perspective.

This friendly and interactive workshop aims to help consumers develop the skills needed to make sense of scientific evidence, and to comment on a Cochrane review. It will help consumers appreciate the context of evidence-based treatment and care, and understand how randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews underpin this. It will also assist in explaining issues concerned with evidence-based care in a way that consumers can understand.

Participants will have an opportunity, in small groups, to comment on a Cochrane review from a consumer perspective using a newly modified checklist. Participants will also have the opportunity to provide comments on the checklist, so that this may be developed further.

All consumers are welcome and should be able to enjoy the workshop and learn, whatever their current level of knowledge.