Evidence-based medicine, the practice of medicine based on high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesised research evidence, is set to get a boost in the region with the 22nd International Cochrane Colloquium to be held for the first time in the country in Hyderabad in September.
According to Dr Pratap Tharyan, director of the South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre functioning at the Christian Medical College here, The Cochrane Collaboration, a not-for-profit, global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, promoting evidence-based medicine, is holding the conference.
The theme of this year’s colloquium is ‘Evidence-informed public health: opportunities and challenges’. The meet is expected to provide a platform for the participants to discuss how cochrane evidence can contribute to improving public health globally and regionally.
The colloquium is open to researchers, scientists, health practitioners, health policy-makers, users of health services, their care-givers, and advocates, information-specialists, the media, information-technology professionals, members of the public and students.
The early registration, the lowest-ever offered for a cochrane colloquium for participants from poorer countries is now open and closes on the July 14, 2014. The Regular registration would start on July 15, 2014. More details could be had from the centre director Dr Pratap Tharyan.