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SEA-ORCHID Update December 2006


2007 SEA-ORCHID Project Meeting
Ruth Martis joins Thai node for educational visit: 18 Sep – 5 Oct
Cochrane workshops in Bangkok and Khon Kaen (9-19 Oct)
Malaysian Fellowships in Adelaide, Australia
Malaysia : five workshops in five days (and in three cities)
Cochrane Systematic Review update
Clinical Practice Guidelines update
Monthly activity updates
Articles of interest
Email communication with Medical Librarian Fellows
Next newsletter – Please submit!



2007 SEA-ORCHID Project Meeting
The next SEA-ORCHID Project Meeting will be held in Khon Kaen, Thailand, 5-9 February 2007.

A draft agenda has been sent to all nodes for comment and we have a very busy first 3 days of meetings planned! We are pleased that most team members are able to stay for the entire week in Khon Kaen, and 8-9 February has been set aside for writing papers, further developing systematic reviews, undertaking intervention planning, etc. Our Australian Educators are also happy to conduct workshops on CPG development methodology and other topics if there is sufficient interest. Please email the Australian Educators (auseducators@seaorchid.org) to discuss your needs.

Natthaleeya (natthaleeya_n@yahoo.com) will be organising accommodation and Melissa (mthomas@usyd.edu.au) will take care of flights if required. We ask that the Malaysian, Philippines and Indonesian nodes nominate one person who will be responsible for collecting all the accommodation and flight requirements for their country team. If any of your country team members require a letter of invitation for the purposes of applying for leave, please also let Melissa know.
[ Melissa Thomas]


Ruth Martis joins Thai node for educational visit: 18 Sep – 5 Oct

Ruth Martis and  Srinagarind Hospital team

Ruth Martis and Khon Kaen Hospital team

Ussanee and Ruth

Bunpode and staff welcome Ruth to Kalasin


Ruth Martis commented on how beautiful Thailand was and the wonderful hospitality offered to her during her time in Thailand. The elephants will be her friends forever! The beautiful Thai dancing presented by Bunpode Suwannachat’s staff at Kalasin Hospital will be a treasured memory. Despite the military coup the workshops went ahead without any problems, and even the floods that followed did not interrupt the workshops.

In total 11 workshops were held with 235 participants. Workshop topics covered were:
  • Introduction to evidence-based practice, with clinical examples covering selective use of episiotomies, shaving and enemas, mobility in labour, birthing positions, continuous support in labour and CCT (management of third stage), fluids and food in labour, as well as how to appraise qualitative research.
  • Introduction to clinical practice guidelines and how to appraise CPG’s with the AGREE tool were also popular, as was the workshop on how to conduct a focus group.
Participants were keen to initiate change which was evident through the amount of questions, discussions and other interaction that took place during and after workshops. Jadsada Thinkhamrop and Ussanee Swadpanich were the official translators at most workshops. Participants commented on the value of hearing the content of the workshops in their own language and were able to respond in their own language to questions raised.
[Ruth Martis]


Cochrane workshops in Bangkok and Khon Kaen (9-19 Oct)


Bangkok workshop Khon Kaen workshop


Porjai, Songsri, Butsakorn, Malinee and Nat

Hot on the heels of Ruth, I stopped off in Thailand en route to the Cochrane Colloquium in Dublin. In Bangkok, the Ministry of Public Health hosted a two-day Cochrane systematic review that was attended by over 80 participants. We are not used to training groups of this size and wondered how the workshop would go, but the Thai SEA-ORCHID team were all on hand to help with the group sessions. Several review teams got together and we are looking forward to seeing a flood of titles from Thailand in the coming months. My thanks to Denise O’Connor, trainer at the Australasian Cochrane Centre, whose clear presentations and methodological knowledge was much appreciated by everyone.

A few days later in Khon Kaen we repeated the workshop to another 80 participants. The Thai team can feel proud of generating so much interest in systematic reviewing…I wonder what their secret is?

At the end of another enjoyable visit to Khon Kaen, two of our SEA-ORCHID medical librarian fellows (Songsri and Butsakorn) organised a one-day EBP workshop for local medical librarians. Both Songsri and Butsakorn have been very enthusiastic about promoting skills for EBP among the library staff, and it was good to have the opportunity to run some hands-on searching sessions that included The Cochrane Library.

Thank you to all the Thai team for looking after me so well (again!)
[ Steve McDonald ]


Malaysian Fellowships in Adelaide, Australia

Dr Che Anuar Che Yaakob Sr Zabidah Mat Sidi

During November, Sister Zabidah Mat Sidi from Ipoh Hospital spent 4 ½ weeks in Adelaide being immersed into evidence-based practice. Dr. Che Anuar Che Yaakob, an obstetrician and lecturer from Kalantin Hospital and USM University, spent 2 ½ weeks learning how to write a systematic review during November. Both went back to Malaysia with a deeper understanding of evidence-based practice and a willingness to initiate change in their clinical practice setting. Che Anuar also completed a first draft protocol for a Cochrane systematic review.
[Ruth Martis]


Malaysia : five workshops in five days (and in three cities)

Jackie still smiling all the way uphill
Jackie & Steve discuss (lack of) evidence for post-trekking fluid replacement with beer

Cochrane workshop, KL

Coming back from Dublin I spent a hectic week with Jackie in Malaysia, helping with workshops in Ipoh, KL and Kota Bharu. In Ipoh, Jackie and Sangari finally succeeded in bringing together Malaysian medical librarians for an EBP workshop. It was great to see Noraida, the SEA-ORCHID librarian fellow from USM, give a presentation on PICO. The level of knowledge among librarians is quite low but there is a real determination to change things.

In KL and Kota Bharu the focus was on systematic review training, and again there was a strong turnout and the prospect of more titles being registered. Looking back to the first Cochrane workshop in Ipoh in 2004, it was really encouraging to see just how much new interest and involvement in Cochrane reviews has been generated over the past two years. Congratulations!

In between criss-crossing the country I still had some time to relax, if you include jungle trekking in the company of mosquitos relaxing! I did enjoy seeing Casino Royale before anyone else in Australia. And words cannot describe the Shangri-La Hotel in Putrajaya – if you like to swim, then this is the place. Thanks to Jackie, Sangari, Japaraj, Alvin, Hans and Prema for looking after me.
[Steve McDonald]


Cochrane Systematic Review update
  • Congratulations to Pisake Lumbiganon, Ruth Martis and Malinee Laopaiboon ( Thailand) for having their protocol of “Antenatal breastfeeding education for increasing breastfeeding duration” accepted for publication for Issue 2 in 2007.
  • Congratulations also to Che Anuar Che Yaakob, Nik Ahmad Zuky Nik Lah and Ahmad Amir Ismail ( Malaysia) for getting their title “Anticoagulant therapy for deep vein thrombosis in pregnancy” registered.
  • Congratulations to Japaraj Robert Peter, Jayabalan Valliapan and Jackie Ho ( Malaysia) for getting their title “Symphysial fundal height measurement in pregnancy for detecting abnormal fetal growth” registered.
We now have 20 registered titles/protocols/reviews relating to the care of mothers and babies from authors in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. Many of our SEA-ORCHID educators and investigators are involved in these reviews. For full details of Cochrane systematic review activity, visit: www.seaorchid.org/knowledgebank/activities/SRUpdate.php.

This represents hard work and commitment by many people. Congratulations!
[Ruth Martis]


Clinical Practice Guidelines update
A number of sites have started to revise and update their CPGs, as well as implement new CPGs. This is encouraging news and represents a lot of hard work and multidisciplinary teamwork. For full details of the clinical practice guidelines, visit: www.seaorchid.org/knowledgebank/activities/CPGUpdate.php.
[Ruth Martis]


Monthly activity updates
We now have more information for our comprehensive activity updates from each of the nodes, and you can see how active project team members have been in 2006. You can view these updates on the respective country pages of the SEA-ORCHID website under the menu item Activity Updates, or alternatively access them from the Knowledge Bank/Project Activities page.


Articles of interest
The following new articles may be of interest to you. To access full-text PDFs of these articles, visit our Document Repository at http://docmanager.seaorchid.org, and conduct a search in the SEA-ORCHID Articles group. If you don’t have a login for our Document Repository, you can apply by visiting the site listed above.

Newborn Care Practices at Home: Effect of a Hospital-based Intervention in Sri Lanka
Senarath, U., Fernando, D. N., Rodrigo, I.
J Trop Pediatr 2006 0: p. fml080v1-6
http://tropej.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/fml080v1?ct

Community-Based Interventions for Improving Perinatal and Neonatal Health Outcomes in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence
Bhutta, Z. A., Darmstadt, G. L., Hasan, B. S., Haws, R. A.
Pediatrics 2005 115: p. 519-617
http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/abstract/115/2/S1/519


Email communication with Medical Librarian Fellows
Below are group email addresses that can be used to communicate more effectively with SEA-ORCHID team members. Please note that the Medical Librarian Fellows now have their own separate email address. If you want your email to reach all Fellows, you will need to send it to both the fellows@seaorchid.org and librarians@seaorchid.org addresses.

investigators@seaorchid.org All Investigators in Australia and South East Asia, including Project Coordinators in Australia and South East Asia
auseducators@seaorchid.org Australian Educators
educators@seaorchid.org All Educators in Australia and South East Asia
seaeducators@seaorchid.org South East Asian Educators
fellows@seaorchid.org South East Asian Fellows (not incl. medical librarians)
librarians@seaorchid.org Medical Librarian Fellows
administrators@seaorchid.org Project Administrators in Australia (Melissa) and South East Asia (Natthaleeya)










 
 


Next newsletter – Please submit!
Do you have any news from your site that you would like to share with the team? If so, please email Melissa text and photos for inclusion in our first issue for 2007 (mthomas@usyd.edu.au). 

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