15 September 2020

Seven leading global organisations in evidence-based healthcare, led by JBI, are launching a worldwide initiative to create awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally.
The inaugural World Evidence-based Healthcare (EBHC) Day will be held on 20 October 2020 and spotlights the global impact of EBHC on health research, policy, practice, and patient outcomes.

In 2020, EBHC is a worldwide movement with hundreds of organisations and tens of thousands of individuals working tirelessly towards improving the science and practice of EBHC for the same aim: to improve health outcomes.

“World EBHC day is an opportunity for collaboration in the ever-evolving sphere of global health and will provide a platform to discuss and debate the challenges and innovations in evidence-informed approaches to improving health outcomes globally” says Bianca Pilla, World EBHC Day Committee Chair.

The need and demand for EBHC continues to grow rapidly whilst at the the same time researchers, policymakers and health professionals continue to grapple with the 17-year research-to-practice gap of implementing clinical research evidence into practice.

In 2020, the importance of having the ability to utilise the best available evidence has been highlighted by the rapid implementation of effective hand washing and the correct use of PPE to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Around the world scientists are working together to develop vaccines, researchers have identified and shared hundreds of viral genome sequences, more than 200 clinical trials have been launched, and international evidence synthesis organisations are rapidly synthesising the emerging evidence to assist policymakers in making informed decisions.

Getting involved is as simple as going to the World Evidence-Based Health Care Day 2020 website and/or share the hashtag #WorldEBHCDay on 20 October 2020.

For further information contact the Program Officer sarah.ravesteyn@adelaide.edu.au

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