Cochrane Colloquium Focused on Systematic Review of the Effects of Health Care Interventions

Sixth Annual International Cochrane Colloquium on systematic review of the effects of health care interventions

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine convened the Sixth Annual International Cochrane Colloquium, was held on October 22–26, 1998, in Baltimore.

Annual colloquia are convened by the Cochrane Collaboration. The collaboration is named for Archie Cochrane, a British epidemiologist who identified the need to evaluate health care interventions using controlled clinical trials and to assemble the evaluations in an easily accessible knowledge base.

Key Results

  • The 1998 theme, "Systematic Reviews: Evidence for Action," highlighted the collaboration's interests in partnering with providers, policymakers, and the public to act on the evidence for effective intervention provided by reviews.

    It drew more than 700 attendees from 30 countries, the largest number yet. Attendees included health care practitioners and providers, researchers, technology assessment and pharmaceutical professionals, representatives of government health agencies, other government officials, regulators, policymakers, advocates, and the media.
    Colloquium results were disseminated through an abstract book of the workshops and sessions. The abstracts and an article in Oncology Times are accessible worldwide through the National Library of Medicine's HealthSTAR database.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the conference with a grant of $50,000 between June and November 1998.

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