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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!“
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”
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:-
- Sarah McNab
- Nikki Abela
- Damian Roland
- David Herd
And so to the papers…
- Shah et al: Rational Clinical Examination: Does this Child Have Pneumonia? JAMA, 2017.
- Calder et al: Focused assessment with sonography for trauma in children after blunt abdominal trauma: A multi-institutional analysis. J Trauma Acute Care Surgery, 2017
- Thomson et al: Concurrent Bacterial Meningitis in Infants with a Urinary Tract Infection. J Pediatr Infect Dis, 2017
- May et al: Why Parents Seek Care for Acute Illness in the Clinic or the ED: The Role of Health Literacy. Academic Pediatrics, 2017