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#GIN2018 and GRADE Planet - 28 September 2018

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Initiative of GRADE Planet as promoting of GRADE approach in guideline development and as campaign of rational thinking in the public sphere met so friendly and favourable reception during G-I-N days in Manchester. Our team of Aldona, Daria, Zbyś and Bart shared funny t-shirts, stickers and GRADE Planet idea with attendees and we made a nice acquaintance with many GRADE people.

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Are you ready for G-I-N Conference in Manchester? - 31 August 2018

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As vacations are almost over, we start thinking about new challenges ahead of us in the coming months.

In a few days we will let you know about GRADEpro release that will let you for its better, more effective use.

Next week we are going for G-I-N Conference to Manchester and we would like to recommend you some events connected with GRADE: Read More

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HTAi 2018 in Vancouver – we were there! - 20 June 2018

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This year The Health Technology Assessment international 2018 Annual Meeting took place in Vancouver, Canada from Friday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 5.

We were there and had a little input to the programme. Our close contributors, Zuleika Saz Parkinson from Joint Research Centre, Jan Brożek, Gian Paolo Morgano and Wojtek Wiercioch from McMaster University and Evidence Prime CEO, Zbigniew Leś led the workshop “Use of Evidence to Decision frameworks in HTA: increasing stakeholder involvement and transparency”.

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From evidence to policy making - 23 November 2017

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How to keep people alive and in the best possible health?

Whether you are a methodologist, a physician or a statistician, you would like to find your work useful and beneficial. The field in which we would like to make the most impact by using GRADE methodology is medicine, and the goal of medicine is to keep people alive and in the best possible health for as long as possible. To achieve this goal, we conduct systematic reviews and develop guidelines, and use available tools to verify the available data and to tailor recommendations to patient preferences and local conditions. Evidence Prime is developing software that partly automates and accelerates systematic reviews and guidelines development. The purpose of well-documented, evidence-based policy is to enable patients to benefit from the latest advances in scientific research. How to efficiently and effectively implement this knowledge within the health care system is not an easy question. Unfortunately, in few countries, even well-developed ones, there is a system of “early information”. This is not just because the health-care machine has a lot of inertia; the problem goes much deeper, and also higher up at the administrative level.

To use the analogy of the human body: The head has to hear and understand what the scientists have to say. Then the heart must initiate the action by pumping blood into the arteries. Then the limbs start moving. Before making changes to medical policy, first the decision makers need to understand the evidence and need to want to make the changes. Read More

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Toward Evidence-Based Software Engineering with GRADEpro - 09 October 2017

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The articles that mention our core software – GRADEpro, are usually written from methodological/medical perspective. The baseline is GRADE approach or dilemmas connected to systematic reviews preparation and the technical details are hidden. Last week the situation has changed 😉

We are very happy to announce publication of the article “Toward Evidence-Based Software Engineering” authored by our colleagues, Artur Nowak – Evidence Prime’s Chief Technology Officer, and Holger Schünemann – the Chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster and co-chair of the GRADE working group.

The text has appeared in IEEE Xplore, the organ of IEEE Computer Society:

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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 ( #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 and Global Evidence Summit 2017


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The new beginning - 08 June 2017

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Welcome to the new Evidence Prime website. As so far, information on the GRADEpro releases will be posted on our blog. We will try to familiarize you also with events related to GRADE Working Group and publication of articles on GRADE methodology.

We recommend the article “GRADE Evidence to Decision (EtD) frameworks for adoption, adaptation, and de novo development of trustworthy recommendations: GRADE-ADOLOPMENT” published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (January 2017, v. 81, pages 101-110). Professor Schünemann and his collaborators present a new approach to guideline production that the authors call GRADE-ADOLOPMENT. It combines the advantages of adoption, adaptation, and de novo development of guidelines. GRADE EtDs are a core component of the approach, as they transparently present setting-specific evidence. The approach facilitates structured interaction and deliberation with panel members during guideline panel meetings and can save important resources.

It is worth noting that GRADEpro has in recent months developed new tools of interaction within expert panel and decision-making within the guideline development team. PanelVoice and Panellist allow remote team members to contact, limit the need for personal meetings, and make sure they are quick to speed up the process and reduce meeting time (if meeting is needed).

We are always happy to hear your feedback on GRADEpro’s application and feature offerings.