Practihc (Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trials in HealthCare)
is a European Union-funded converted action which provides open-access tools,
training and mentoring to researchers in developing countries who are interested
in designing and conducting pragmatic randomized controlled trials of healthcare
a collaboration of leading trialists from eleven countries who
aim to improve health systems by increasing capacity to evaluate
healthcare delivery systems, health policy, public health and
clinical choices an identify those optoins which are most effective.
Partner contact details and e-mail addresses
Practihc Coordinating Office
Important paper published
- WHO guidelines published in 2003 emphasise the use of systematic reviews in forming recommendations.
However, a Practihc study by Andy Oxman, John Lavis and Atle Fretheim found that systematic reviews and concise summaries of findings are rarely used for developing WHO recommendations. Instead, processes usually rely heavily on experts in a particular specialty, rather than representatives of those who will have to live with the recommendations or on experts in particular methodological area. The full article is available from the 9th May 2007 Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607606758/fulltext