World Evidence Based Healthcare Day

Posted 23rd September 2020 by Dave Cross
The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group (TAG) is hosting the World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day on October 20, 2020, to raise awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally. Planet of the Vapes took part in the TAG research priority setting process two years ago.

TAG says the EBHC day offers, “an opportunity to participate in debate about global trends and challenges, but also to celebrate the impact of individuals and organisations worldwide, recognising the work of dedicated researchers, policymakers and health professionals in improving health outcomes.”

One thing vapers will have noticed is that many countries around the world fail to rely on evidence, preferring to rely on ideologically-driven papers that simply support their fears, ignorance, or desire to raise money from tobacco harm reduction.

EBHC day aims to:

  • Educate a broad audience about the importance of evidence-based healthcare and the need for better evidence to inform health policy and practice
  • Be bold in our thinking, encouraging debate and discussion amongst the global evidence community on advancements in evidence-based healthcare
  • Highlight the successes, challenges and experiences of the global evidence community in furthering the science and practice of evidence-based healthcare, and
  • Celebrate impact, of researchers, academics, students, clinicians, consumers, patients and other agents of change who are driving improvements in the quality and outcomes of healthcare globally

TAG has been operating since 1996 and conducted a number of systematic reviews of interventions to treat and prevent tobacco addiction. In 2016, it began a process to identify key vaping and tobacco harm reduction areas to be investigated.

The primary focus was on the voices of researchers, commissioners, funders and policymakers, but the organisation also included other stake holders such as clinicians and vapers – and we were delighted to take part to represent consumers.


Professor Robert West, University College London, said: “It is important that research designed to evaluate tobacco control interventions is aimed at the people that need it most, and investigates the latest products and services to understand their potential to make a difference at both the individual and population level. This new set of research priorities has relevance to the entire research community and can support the design of future studies in tobacco control, helping to maximise the likelihood that research findings are useful in reducing the harms associated with tobacco use.”


  • World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day – [link]
  • Cochrane’s Eight Research Priorities – [link]
  • Key review summaries – [link]

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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