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Systematic Reviews (48) Q3 What is the role of SRs versus local research? (6)

In my work on cancer policy in Abia State of Nigeria, I find that policymakers rely more on local evidence. They are more inclined to reviewing evidence about 'here and now', rather than 'over there'. The case of systematic reviews becomes more important when considering potential policy options.

Developing a common scientific understanding of 'reliable medicine information' (2)

The difference between a poison and a drug is information. These comments will focus on drug safety information written in non-technical language for patients that is useful and scientifically accurate and is available free of charge or at a very low cost.
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Prescribers already largely have free access to independent high quality useful scientifically accurate drug information in English on the Internet.  The question is still open if prescribers use this information effectively?...

Requesting WHO to Consider the Use of an Open License

One of the major stumbling blocks to achieving health information for all is the lack of use of open licenses by all those working to achieve this goal.

Thus we from Wiki Project Med Foundation recently sent the following letter to the World Health Organization requesting that they consider moving to open licensing of their content.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rJUlMXd15EUKjbZdhO9OIQLYDednH0Y99GbW...

First Wikipedia Article Passes Formal Peer Review and is Published

The first Wikipedia article has passed formal peer review and been published today in the journal Open Medicine
http://hesp-news.org/2014/10/02/dengue-fever-a-wikipedia-clinical-review/

Editorial is here http://www.openmedicine.ca/article/view/652/565 [*see note below]

My hope is that this will encourage academics to contribute.

Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength (9)

...The reason I write for Wikipedia rather than a specialized wiki is that Wikipedia is what the world is reading. While one may have less control on Wikipedia than a specialized site, only through working together will our shared goals be achieved more quickly or likely at all.

Wikipedia Working to get Ebola Content into as Many Languages as Possible

We at Wikipedia are busy translating content on Ebola as well as many other key diseases into as many languages as we can find volunteers per here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Translation... ... We have recently added a new collaborator to our efforts, Rubric who have volunteered their expertise and helped us get content into an additional dozen or so African languages. ...

Tribute to Prof. David Morley (6)

My reaction to [Tony Waterstone's challenge: what single step can we each take to reduce the influence of the large hospital?] is as follows:

1) Improve the relationship between the people and their institution by having short educational talks in areas where patients congregate. Best done in smaller facilities. We did this in Nicaragua with the Sadinista health system in the mid 80's. If we talk with people instead of to them, there will be a dialogue. Otherwise it will be a one way blah-blah-blah street.

Traditional birth attendants (42)

TMs [*] will never get adequate respect from national ministries of health because of their elitist approaches & subservient kneeling to donors.

Otherwise this would have been enshrined in a national program.

Many other countries have gone down the same path of not caring.

We continue to lose mothers daily in Uganda because of poor national outreach to TMs.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW):

TMs = Traditional Midwives (Traditional Birth Attendants)]

 

 

 

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