To challenge participants to consider what the ideal journal should be doing in 10 years’ time to provide reliable and truly usable evidence to help them improve health.
- Introduction (5 minutes).
- Exercise 1 (10 minutes): Participants, in groups of 2-4 people, will discuss and list their four greatest frustrations with finding evidence they can actually use to inform their management of health problems.
- Feedback to full group from exercise 1 (5 minutes).
- Presentation (15 minutes): Trish Groves will explore how the future of evidence dissemination might look, and the possible role of journals, focusing on:
○ the need to tackle research waste and make published studies and data more relevant, useful, usable and reusable for clinicians, patients, service providers and policy makers.
○ who needs (or will pay for) journals if readers really only want bite-sized, free information at the point of care?
○ what types of research will readers want or need over the next decade?
■ how will they differentiate objective evidence from conflicted or fake news?
■ will ‘big data’ and evidence become more aligned?
■ where will ‘real-world evidence’ and evidence for precision medicine fit in?
- Presentation (15 mins): Christine Laine will discuss how journals can handle living evidence. He will focus on:
○ living (continuously updated) and digital systematic reviews and guidelines
○ how the nature of evidence may change over the next decade
○ how journals can help make clinical practice guidelines more useful, reliable, trustworthy, timely, while reflecting clinical uncertainty
- Exercise 2 (20 minutes): participants will break into groups of up to 8 people to answer these questions:
○ will journals that publish original research evidence be needed at all in 10 years?
○ what are the two most important things that journals will have to do to remain relevant sources of ‘evidence’?
- Feedback to full group from exercise 2 (10 minutes).
- Discussion and conclusions (10 minutes).