Investigations of such questions as quality of life are usually undertaken by means of quantitative research methods, in the form of questionnaire-based numerical rating scales. When the aim of a study is to achieve a deeper understanding of a person’s subjective perception of – for example – quality of life, a person’s individual perceptions, experiences, impressions and actions, then qualitative research methods may be more relevant. Such methods offer an understanding of associations from the individual’s perspective.
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Jon Brassey of Trip Database presented a critique of Cochrane systematic reviews at Evidence13 earlier this year. This blog post is a summary of his points.
Allied health professionals now have access to high quality online palliative care information to better support clients who are approaching the end of life. CareSearch, the trustworthy palliative care website that hosts the Nurses Hub, GP Hub and the Residential Aged Care Hub, is excited to announce the launch of the brand new Allied Health Hub!
The new Allied Health Hub is specifically designed to meet the information needs of allied health professionals who work with palliative clients, and was launched today in Canberra by Lin Oke, Executive Officer of Allied Health Professions Australia.
The launch of the Allied Health Hub is part of the activities at the 2013 Australian Palliative Care Conference, and is an excellent reflection on this years conference theme: Palliative care – everyone’s business.
Click here to access Allied Health Hub.
If you are searching for evidence around disability or rehabilitation, check out this systematic review registry managed by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR).
Registry of Systematic Reviews of Disability and Rehabilitation Research
A Systematic Review of Methods for Health Care Technology Horizon Scanning
Objectives. Since September 2010, under contract with the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), ECRI Institute has been establishing a national program to conduct horizon scanning of emerging health technology. The program’s main purpose is to better inform investments in patient-centered outcomes research at AHRQ by systematically identifying and monitoring target technologies to create an inventory of technologies that have the highest potential for impact on clinical care, the health care system, patient outcomes, and cost. We conducted this study to identify existing best practices and effective methods for health technology horizon scanning and to provide input to AHRQ to optimize its horizon scanning program.
Methods. We performed a comprehensive search for both peer-reviewed and gray literature to identify existing horizon scanning methods for emerging health technologies. We searched major medical databases, including MEDLINE, EMBASETM, CINAHL(r), PsycINFO(r), and the Cochrane Library. We also conducted targeted searches of digital libraries, relevant non-health-care-focused journals and databases, and the Web sites of the organizations that have extensive experience in technology horizon scanning or forecasting. We further sought input from a panel of experts and potential users of horizon scanning to identify additional methods. A two-day expert panel meeting was held in June 2011 to discuss the methods identified and potential approaches to incorporate the methods into AHRQ’s horizon scanning process.
Results. Our search identified 23 formally established health technology horizon scanning programs, most of which are members of the International Information Network on New and Emerging Health Technologies (EuroScan). We also identified less structured horizon scanning activities performed by other entities, including U.S. government agencies and nongovernmental entities. These programs or activities often have different goals. As a result, their target technologies, time horizon of interest, and methods used for scanning or technology assessment may also vary. However, formally established programs share two sequential components in their horizon scanning process: (1) identification and monitoring of technologies of interest and (2) evaluation of potential impacts of the identified technologies. Most commonly used methods include searching a wide spectrum of sources-electronic and nonelectronic-to identify potential target technologies and seeking input from experts to pri!
oritize or evaluate the technologies identified.
Conclusions. Existing horizon scanning programs use different methods to identify and assess emerging health technologies. The choice of the methods for AHRQ’s horizon scanning program should be based on the goal, scope of work, time frame, and funding for the program. It appears that optimization of a horizon scanning program may take longer than a few years.
Check this advertisement out! I have to say that I am feeling very chuffed. Who knew that an event our group organised would have an advertisement like this! Many thanks go to Sally Wood of EAHIL.
Three free e-books for citizens who like to prevent unnecessary interventions in Clinical Medicine and Public Health:
- Testing Treatments
- Smart Health Choices: making sense of health advice
- Know Your Chances