Taiwan Evidence Based Medicine Association, August 2012
Professor Mike Clarke, Director of the All Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research in the Centre for Public Health, gave the keynote opening lecture at the Annual Conference of the Taiwan Evidence Based Medicine Association (TEBMA) in Taichung on 25 August 2012. TEBMA brings together a wide range of disciplines across health care and Mike’s lecture showed the importance of randomised trials and systematic reviews to policy and practice. He also gave a lecture on Evidence Aid, stressing the relevance of evidence in disaster risk reduction, planning, response and recovery; and led a training workshop on systematic reviews in Taipei on 26 August. His visit included a series of discussions about a national provision of The Cochrane Library for Taiwan, drawing on his experience of negotiating the first of these, covering Northern Ireland and Ireland, which has now been in place for a decade.