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New journal on the net

A new journal was launched on 14 July 1997. "World Wide Wounds; The Electronic Journal of Wound Management Practice" will be published entirely on the Internet. It is published by The Surgical Materials Testing Laboratories in Bridgend, which has an international reputation for its work in the testing and evaluation of medical disposables and dressings.
The URL is:
World Wide Wounds will be available free of charge. Bandolier has sneaked a look and found it useful. There was some interesting stuff on latex allergy, and if the editors can promote an evidence-based approach this will be a useful resource.

Best links to EB healthcare

It is dangerous to use the term 'best' about anything, but Andrew Booth's "Netting the Evidence Guide" is superb. It can viewed at:
The new version contains initiatives such as SHPIC, SIGN and PRISE, expanded sections on finding and filtering the evidence and an experiment - a virtual Core Library for Evidence Based Practice. The latter links together full text documents off the Web that are key resources for EBP, like "EBM: What it is", user guides, systematic reviews series from Annals Of Internal Medicine, Trish Greenhalgh's new BMJ series etc. This slightly lengthened version also has a clickable alphabetical index so for example you can click on S and go straight to SIGN and SHPIC.

Bandolier also checked out the print resource guide: The ScHARR Guide to Evidence Based Practice. This 110 page resource guide provides a bibliography of EBM to the beginning of 1997 and contains a directory of other CD-ROM, Internet and print products in support of EBP. It's packed with all the information you might want. It costs £10. Make cheques payable to "University of Sheffield".
Suzy Paisley
Senior Information Officer
School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR)
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Tel: 0114 222 5420 Fax: 0114 272 4095

Promoting Clinical Effectiveness

November 19-20th, Milton Keynes
Are you involved in clinical effectiveness?
Would you like to:
* share your experiences of developing and implementing clinical effectiveness strategies?
* help shape the future direction of clinical effectiveness in the NHS?
* establish a network of interested individuals?
If you feel you can contribute to the development of clinical effectiveness and would like to attend a national meeting please contact Lesley Chapman, Centre for Best Practice, Leicester Royal Infirmary, telephone 0116 258 6642 for further details and an application form.
Supported by Oxford and Anglia Research and Development

Spaces are limited so apply early.

Centre for Evidence-Based Child Health

`How to practise Evidence-Based Child Health' Training courses on
26-28 November 1997 and 27-29 May 1998
These are an intensive three day courses consisting of plenary seminars, small group problem-solving & appraisal sessions using examples in child health, and practical sessions on how to search the scientific literature. Key features are an emphasis on multiprofessional group learning with a high tutor-participant ratio.
They are based on clinical practice and policy problems in child health and are relevant to professionals from all sectors of the health service and others whose work relates to child health.
Further Details: Administrator, Centre for Evidence-Based Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London. WC1N 1EH.Tel: 0171 242 9789 ext. 2606. email Fax: 0171 831 8233.

CHLAMYDIA - What should we be doing?

This will be held at The Wellcome Building, 183 Euston Rd, London on Monday Oct 27th, 1997, starting at 9.45 am. The draft programme is:
  • Setting the scene
  • Perspectives from primary care and the community
  • Perspectives from the hospital
  • Current diagnostic tests
  • New diagnostic tests in the pipeline
  • Current treatments
  • Systematic review of current treatments
  • Economic issues in Chlamydial infection

The format will be a series of short (20 minute) presentations, with at least the same time for questions and discussion. At the end we will try and agree what questions we think we can answer, what are the next questions for which we need answers, and what we should do now. If anyone has a worked example of getting effective measures into practice, we'd like to know about it to see if we can use it as an exemplar either in the conference or in a subsequent summary.

The cost is £135 (NHS) or £270 (non-NHS). Cheques should be made payable to "Oxford Medical Knowledge" and sent to Eileen Neail at the Bandolier office.

5th Bandolier conference

This will be on the subject of new treatments for HIV, and will again be at the Wellcome Building in London on December 17th. Fax Eileen Neail on 01865 226978 for early details.

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