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A handful of memories from Cape Town - 21 September 2017

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Zbys and Eric have just came back from Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town. These were very intensive days, full of inspiring meetings, interesting speeches and instructive workshops.

GRADEpro

Could be anything more satisfying for Evidence Prime than popularity of our core software? GRADEpro is the leader of interactive tools used by Grade Working Group according to Zachary Munn’s speech ”User preferences regarding online tools for systematic review and guideline production: results from a G-I-N Tech Survey”. Yes, we are really proud!

Livia Puljak from #CochraneCroatia used our new GRADEpro module for discordant reviews.

GRADE workshops were also led with a little help from GRADEpro tools and Zbys himself.

 

#GRADEplanet

This year the global situation seemed to call for a global approach and we decided to act during the Global Evidence Summit. We stand for research methods, evidence, and we want to make an impact. To us, the GRADE approach symbolises rational thinking, scientific inquiry, and embracing of unavoidable uncertainty. This is why “Make the planet GRADE again” idea appeared and Homo Sapiens Manifesto was proclaimed (https://gradeplanet.org/).

The results of the action exceeded our expectations. Yes, we see the need of spreading GRADE idea and idea of common sense in the world, but so often, and we are sure you feel sometimes the same – we feel being alone with our beliefs and convictions. In Cape Town we felt a part of the big solidarity group, wanting the better World, thinking logically, open for discussion, ready to explain. More than 1500 views of #HomoSapiensManifesto on www.gradeplanet.org, over 1000 twitter entries (@grade_planet), over 150 signatures under the manifesto – this is the result of our happening and your commitment.

GRADEpeople

Finally we would like to thank all the people who have supported #GRADEplanet. The warm feedback we experienced is the major evidence for the need of clarity, logic and education in medical science. Thank you so much for your support. See you soon!

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Make the planet GRADE again! - 13 September 2017

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We invite you to take a look at “Make the planet GRADE again” action (www.gradeplanet.com #gradeplanet @grade_planet). Recent global political situation (as racist attacs), as well as the changing position of science that faces quasi-scientific theories (e.g. antivaccine campaigns), prompts us to sign under the manifesto that points the reset of common sense in public space. We are a part of the world, for which education and respect for the environment and the other man is a basic value. Integral element of this concern is the effort to improve medical care in the world. Although obvious for many, barriers to achieve health and well-being often arise from ignorance. But we have also become accustomed to health care guidelines based on verified available studies. In the context of current scientific consciousness the standard is GRADE and it is irresponsible although possible that some would take a step back to the pre-GRADE era. The GRADE Working Group’s brainstorms, the Cochrane Collaboration efforts, and activity of several centers around the world that develop software for making guidelines and systematic reviews prove that there is still room for action throughout our community to strengthen GRADE consciousness and disseminate GRADE tools.

We feel ourselves very much the part of GRADE planet. Join us at gradeplanet.org and Global Evidence Summit 2017

 

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Let’s meet at Global Evidence Summit! - 05 September 2017

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The Evidence Prime team is very excited to be attending the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town. The synergy of effort from the annual Cochrane Collaboration Colloquium and the G-I-N conference will certainly provide some interesting meeting opportunities. Zbyszek and Eric will be happy to meet all those who would like to know more about our solutions. If you do not see those gentlemen in the crowd, please write to info@evidenceprime.com, or tweet out to @evidence_prime and we will certainly arrange a meeting.
We are already familiar with the excellent program of the conference. Out of the labyrinth of lectures, discussions, workshops and presentations we provide here a list of GRADE events. The most experienced GRADE experts will explain the basics, and also point out some new directions and new applications to which the GRADE methodology may be applied. There will be very hands-on activities on specific issues, which will facilitate and improve the quality of your work in systematic reviews and guideline development. Those who are still undecided about which events to attend in Cape Town should definitely look into one of these meetings:

Monday, 11 September 2017

9:00 to 16:00
Developing GRADE guidance for overviews of systematic reviews

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

11:00 to 12:30
Integrating GRADE network meta-analysis SoF tables in network meta-analysis reports

14:00 to 15:30
Assessing confidence in qualitative evidence used in guidelines: Benefits and challenges when applying GRADE-CERQual

16:00 to 17:30
Uptake and Implementation of GRADE among guideline developers in the United States

Thursday, 14 September 2017

11:00 to 12:30
Presentation of time-to-event outcomes in GRADE Summary of Finding (SOF) tables: Evaluation of Cochrane Cancer Reviews

Confidence in qualitative synthesized findings: A principled and pragmatic critique of ConQual and GRADE-CERQual

Applying the GRADE-CERQual approach: Experiences from the development of an EPOC qualitative-evidence synthesis

14:00 to 15:30
The GRADE-CERQual approach for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses

Friday, 15 September 2017

11:00 to 12:30
Making the GRADE approach for network meta-analysis more efficient

Saturday, 16 September 2017

11.00 to 12.30
GRADE approach for determining certainty of evidence on how patients value outcomes

Creating evidence tables for use in systematic reviews and guideline development: GRADE approach

Systematic reviews of prognostic studies V: Using GRADE to appraise bodies of evidence about overall prognosis and prognostic factors

14:00 to 15:30
Using GRADE to integrate randomized and non-randomized studies in systematic reviews

Using GRADE in public-health guidelines – challenges and some solutions?

Assessing the certainty of the evidence from network-meta analysis using the GRADE approach