Creating a culture of evidence

Creating a culture of evidence
Creating a culture of evidence


Taking evidence-based medicine into schools

Cochrane UK

Aim: To support school children in learning about evidence-based medicine
Target audience for work: School children between 11-18 years
Method used: Outreach visits to local secondary schools in Oxford
Summary: In this blog, Cochrane UK talk about their visits to schools to talk about evidence-based medicine. They discuss their work and try to bring an awareness of why it is important to question the evidence behind medical claims. They have talked about how medical evidence can be misrepresented in the media, the relevance of EBM on a personal level, medical interventions at national and global levels and the importance of randomised trials and systematic reviews – all using topical examples which are relevant to children of their age.
Date: July 2019
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Advocating for Cochrane and the use of Cochrane Reviews in the media

Cochrane Central Executive Team

Aim: To deliver a webinar on understanding health evidence to international journalists 
Target audience for work: International Journalists
Method used: Wiley Science Talks - Webinar 
Summary: The Editor- and Deputy-Editor-in-Chief made the most of a ‘window of opportunity’ to present Cochrane and the use of systematic reviews.  In a webinar organised by Wiley and supported by the World Federation of Science Journalists, they addressed 76 international journalists worldwide.  Using Cochrane’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as a case study, they discussed what conclusions could be drawn from systematic reviews, how a well-written article about the review could be constructed, and the importance of keeping study results in context. 
Date: April 2020
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Cochrane Interactive Learning integrated into the curriculum of medical students

Cochrane Sweden

Aim: To ensure medical students are equipped with the skills to be able to understand and apply high quality evidence into their health decision making.
Target audience for work: Medical students
Method used: Integrating Cochrane Interactive Learning modules into the student medical curriculum
Summary: Cochrane Sweden worked with Lund University to include the Cochrane Interactive Learning online modules into the medical curriculum for all trainee doctors.  The modules are designed to promote evidence-based decision making in health care globally. The modules are harmonized with educational goals set for the clinical stage at the Medical Degree Programme with the aim of ensuring medical studies are able to understand and apply synthesised evidence to health decisions.
Date: February 2018
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Watch more about this and other ways that Cochrane Sweden is advocating for evidence

The ‘Recommended Dose’ podcast advocates for evidence-based medicine (EBM)

Cochrane Australia

Aim: To promote a more questioning approach to health care through a podcast interviewing influential leaders in the world of EBM
Target audience for work: all interested audiences
Method used: Freely available podcast – co-published with BMJ
Summary: Cochrane Australia worked with a leading journalist and health-researcher, Ray Moynihan, to produce a series of podcasts.  Each of the podcasts aims to tackle the big questions in health and explores the insights, evidence and ideas of researchers, thinkers, writers and health professionals from around the globe. Each podcast is about 30 minutes each, and co-published with the BMJ. 
Date: 2018 - 2019
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March for Science

Aim: To globally highlight the need for science-based healthcare, as well as the importance of science education.
Target audience for work: All 
Method used: Annual campaign of marches and associated activities
Summary: The global March for Science movement has organized 1,000 events and mobilized millions of people to support science and justice. People from around Cochrane have joined the event to advocate for the use of the best possible evidence in health decision making. Cochrane often creates their own events such as Cochrane Crowd Screening challenges which coincide with this day.
Date: Annual event
Read more: There is information, pictures and videos from previous events (years) here