This article reports on an Indian Council of Medical Research initiative
Knowledge and training in evidence-based medicine is essential for informed clinical decision-making and treatment choices. Systematic reviews identify, appraise and synthesize research-based evidence and present it in accessible format.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (IMCR) has promoted evidence-based medicine in India by establishing an Advanced Center for evidence based medicine that hosted the South Asian Cochrane Network and Center at the Christian Medical College, Vellore; procuring a national subscription to The Cochrane Library making it accessible to all Indian scientists; and establishing a Center for Advanced research on evidence-based child health at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
This article informs about a national level initiative by ICMR that aims to harness the translational potential of secondary research, by funding systematic reviews aligned to national health priorities selected through a national competitive process; and to provide training, mentoring, and quality assurance. A continuing scheme of funding high-quality systematic reviews on priority areas of Child Health may follow.
Sinha Anju, Dheeraj Shah and Prathap Tharyan. “Building capacity of Indian scientists to conduct systematic reviews in child health: an ICMR initiative.” Indian pediatrics 52 3 (2015): pp195-8.
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