DFTB17 – Defence Against The Dark Arts


In just two weeks time we are going to be running our very first conference. We have been very lucky to draw on the expertise of some amazing speakers from around the world of paediatrics. Tim Horeczko is hosting an exciting evidence-based medicine panel discussion and wants you to join in.


It is my job to arm you against the foulest creatures known to wizardkind. You may find yourself facing your worst fears in this room. Know only that no harm will befall you whilst I am here. I must ask you not to scream. It might provoke them!

Gilderoy Lockhart

What is evidence based medicine?

I think this quote from one of the fathers of evidence-based medicine states it best

“the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. … [It] means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research”

David Sackett

The panel are going to explore four papers, picking them apart in an easy to understand way. This isn’t about fancy statistical tests but how to take the evidence we are presented with and translate it into real life.

So if you want to join in this endeavour then take a peek at the papers we are going to discuss. If you can’t make it then don’t worry, Aidan Baron will be our fearless Twitter moderator and can field your questions from afar.

Who is on the panel?

This years panel consists of:-

And so to the papers…

We’ll provide you with a (bubble) wrap up after the conference.
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6 Responses to "DFTB17 – Defence Against The Dark Arts"

  1. SG
    SG 1 month ago .Reply

    Hi there , the link to Sarah McNab goes to the profile of Sarah Dalton

  2. Tessa Davis
    Tessa Davis 1 month ago .Reply

    Well spotted! This has now been corrected. Thanks.

  3. Maureen du Chattel
    Maureen du Chattel 4 weeks ago .Reply

    Can’t get the link to the 3rd article to work…

  4. Grace
    Grace 4 weeks ago .Reply

    Should have been added now. Thanks for pointing it out

  5. MC
    MC 3 weeks ago .Reply

    Hi, do you know when the bubble wrap is going to be out?

    • Andrew Tagg
      Andrew Tagg 3 weeks ago .Reply

      Our house elves are hard at work as we speak, waving their wands and clicking their fingers. We’ll make sure to keep you posted.

      In the meantime the next Bubble Wrap is only a few short weeks away.

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