CIESAL researchers speak at annual Cochrane Iberoamericana Conference



CIESAL researchers participated in the XVIII Conference of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network, one of the international centres of the Cochrane Evidence-Based Health Network. Both Javier Bracchiglione and Eva Madrid played significant roles in the conference, held between 17th and 20th October, at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona.

The event, which coincided with the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Cochrane Centre, brought together more than 200 people who participated in an extensive programme of scientific, educational and discussion activities around evidence-based healthcare and the promotion and application of critical thinking in medicine.

Eva Madrid, director of CIESAL, gave a talk on “Critical reflections on critical thinking” during the round table on the training of medical professionals. In her talk, Madrid referred to the need to think critically in order to avoid falling into fallacies where the premises seem to support an argument that is valid only in appearance, and the need to teach critical analysis to the clinician and how to incorporate critical thinking in professionals who do not bring these skills from the undergraduate level. Among her conclusions, Dr Madrid raised the need to develop a critical mass of alumni as advocates and teachers of evidence-based medicine, in the same way as has happened with other generational challenges in medicine, such as the teaching of molecular biology and computer skills applied to medicine.

Javier Bracchiglione, CIESAL researcher and doctoral candidate at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, took part as the coordinator for one of the working groups, where he outlined a system developed in his doctoral thesis, called GROOVE (Graphical Representation of Overlap for OVErviews), which plays a role in improving the overviews used in systematic reviews. He was also co-moderator of the round table on “Methodological advances in electronic searches of scientific literature”.7

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