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'How can young people be helped to become good BS detectives?'

CPDHealth@conted.ox.ac.uk

Monday, 9 November 2015 from 17:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

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This talk is being held as part of the Introduction to Study Design & Research Methods module which is part of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Professor Sir Iain Chalmers, Coordinator, James Lind Initiative, will give this talk.

Sir Iain practised as a clinician for seven years in the UK and the Gaza Strip, before becoming a full time health services researcher. Between 1978 and 1992 he was founding director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (www.npeu.ox.ac.uk). Between 1992 and 2002, he was founding director of the UK Cochrane Centre, which convened the meeting at which the Cochrane Collaboration (www.cochrane.org) was inaugurated. Since 2003, he has coordinated the James Lind Initiative to promote public and professional acknowledgement of the need to address uncertainties about the effects of treatments. He is coordinating editor of The James Lind Library (www.jameslindlibrary.org) and Testing Treatments Interactive (www.testingtreatments.org). He was knighted in 2000 for services to health care.

'How can young people be helped to become good BS detectives?'

All of us are exposed regularly to claims about the effects of interventions alleged to protect and promote health. Why is it important to ask whether these claims are reliable? And how can all of us be helped to assess which of the claims are likely to be trustworthy?

From a very early age, children ask very reasonable 'Why?' questions. What can be done to encourage children's 'innate' curiosity about how the world works? How can critical thinking about the answers offered to them be promoted? In particular, how might children and young people be introduced to concepts that would prompt them to ask probing questions about the reliability of claims about the effects of interventions? Finally, how should the effects of efforts to help children and young people to become effective BS detectives be assessed?

Do you have questions about 'How can young people be helped to become good BS detectives?'? Contact CPDHealth@conted.ox.ac.uk

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Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
OX1 2JA Oxford
United Kingdom

Monday, 9 November 2015 from 17:00 to 18:00 (GMT)


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