The 2023 Cochrane Colloquium: 4 to 6 September in London


Cochrane UK will be hosting the Cochrane Colloquium from 4 until 6 September in London, themed 'Forward together for trusted evidence'. The colloquium will focus on the exploration of future challenges around trustworthiness of healthcare data and information, together with the celebration of 30 years of producing thrusted evidence.

The event is open for everyone with an interest in the use of evidence in healthcare decision making and evidence production, co-production, dissemination, implementation and policy making. A delegation of the CEBaP team will also attend the colloquium and contribute with 2 oral presentations and 1 poster presentation:

  • On the first day (4 September), PhD student Irvin Kendall will present his poster on 'The importance of a multidisciplinary team in developing an evidence-based guideline on first aid for road safety in Africa'. The poster will describe the development of an evidence-based first aid guideline and training manual for road safety, aimed at laypeople in sub-Saharan Africa, with focus on the importance of a multidisciplinary expert panel, including local end users.
  • The first oral presentation (5 September) will be given by our Director Prof. Dr. Emmy De Buck in the session on Patient or healthcare consumer involvement, entitled 'Importance of consensus methods and involving end users to develop evidence-based materials when evidence is scarce: A Red Cross example'. During her presentation, Emmy will describe how we developed materials to train children and youth in how they can support each other when experiencing mental health problems. Because of the anticipated lack of or (very) low-certainty evidence, a formal consensus method to collect good practice input from a broad group of stakeholders was developed, and experiences with this methodology will be provided during the talk.
  • The second oral presentation (5 September) on 'Lessons learned from developing an evidence-based guideline for psychosocial support by Red Cross volunteers: Involving end users throughout the process' will also be presented by Emmy and is part of the session on Co-production and co-design. The presentation will highlight the crucial aspect of building evidence user trust in evidence. This is done by engaging them early on and continuously during the process of evidence-based guideline development.

As the founder of Cochrane First Aid, we also look forward to some fruitful meetings with other Cochrane groups.
Should you be attending the colloquium, make sure to attend our oral presentations and visit Irvin during the poster session.
We hope to see you there! You can also follow our experiences via Twitter/X.