Several of our Lower Sixth students recently attended a course on Evidence Based Medicine, run by Cochrane UK. Here, Nikola and Xanthia (seen below with Faisal) give an account of the day:
“Cochrane UK is a company that aims to improve healthcare decisions for everyone by promoting evidence informed health decision-making. This is known as Evidence Based medicine, which is what the course was all about.
“The first talk we attended was an introduction to Evidence Based Medicine and Cochrane as a company, given by Dr Lynda Ware, a former GP now Cochrane UK’S Senior Fellow in General Practice. This talk included explanations on what the company was about and what the main components of systematic review are. Then we received a more detailed explanation to what EBM was and how Cochrane was significant in promoting the making of informed everyday health decisions. Following up on this we were took part in some interactive exercises, such as analysing the effectiveness of some drugs for treating the common cold and analysis to determine to what extent news articles are hyperbole or straight-out wrong. Finally we also looked into the HPV vaccine and were asked to create our ideal randomised controlled trial (RCT) analysing its effectiveness regarding our initial question.
“The second half of the day was an introduction to systematic reviewing and Cochrane crowd given by Dr Anna Noel-Storr. She introduced us to the importance of RCTs in research and how we can get involved in systematic reviewing with Cochrane crowd. Following the training day, we are now able to screen some of the newest research to check if they are RCTs and contribute to the process of putting systematic reviews together.
“Finally we attended a Q&A regarding getting into medical school with Professor Martin Burton (admissions for Balliol Oxford) and Professor Robert Walton (admissions for Barts and the London medical schools).”
Xanthia and Nikola, Lower Sixth