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SEA-ORCHID Update October 2006

  1. Medical Education Conference at Universiti Sains Malaysia
  2. Intervention report from Kalasin Hospital, Thailand
  3. Ruth Martis joins Thai node for educational visit
  4. Cochrane workshops in Bangkok and Khon Kaen
  5. FAOPS presentation
  6. 2007 SEA-ORCHID Project Meeting
  7. Video-streaming of the Cochrane Colloquium (23-26 Oct)
  8. International meeting to celebrate 10th Anniversary of RHL
  9. Monthly activity updates
  10. Fellowships update
  11. Email communication and SPAM

Medical Education Conference at Universiti Sains Malaysia

On 18-19 September 2006, USM and SEA-ORCHID organised a national conference on EBM in the undergraduate curriculum. Attendance was a success. Out of 17 medical schools, 15 sent a delegation of 1-4 persons. All big universities were represented by senior experts in EBM or administrators.

After an introduction and a presentation from Fiona Stanaway from Sydney on how EBM was incorporated into the University of Sydney curriculum, we broke up in four groups. One group was looking at the barriers, and even though quite a few barriers were discussed, none of them seemed insurmountable. Another group discussed the methods for teaching EBM and a third group methods for assessing EBM. The fourth group discussed a framework that would be useable in medical schools in Malaysia.

We feel that significant progress has been made in the process of creating such a framework and a web-based discussion group was formed. It was also agreed that a steering group or committee would be formed, including members of several schools in order to further discuss the practical implementation of teaching EBM to undergraduates in Malaysian medical schools. A full report of the workshop is in the final stages of its preparation and it may be worthwhile to make it available on the SEA ORCHID website.

Hans Van Rostenberghe

Intervention report from Kalasin Hospital, Thailand

Kalasin hospital is the smallest site in our project. Because of its smaller size, it may be easier to implement the intervention here than at other sites.

To achieve better results than in pre-intervention phase, Kalasin Hospital’s intervention is based on the following objectives and activities:
  • commitment to evidence-based practice (EBP)
  • present EBP motto (Thai language) together with SEA ORCHID project
  • explain EBP to colleagues and support them to use evidence as a principle of their practice
    • commitment of leaders (doctors and nurses) is a key to success
    • policy on EBP by the Director of hospital and Head of Department
  • good team/good participation to facilitate team building
  • help educators to determine the meeting agenda, documents, data collection and analysis etc.
  • promote participation of obstetricians and nurses in developing and implementing CPGs
  • good communication = good implementation
    • weekly conference (morbidity/mortality conference) attended by most doctors
  • gap analysis between evidence from CL/RHL/CPGs and current practice in department
  • CPG development to fill identified gaps
  • brief lecture on evidence, video presentation (from RHL), other resource presentation
  • good monitoring
    • data of all patients are collected electronically
    • data analysis is done and presented monthly an the conference
This is the summary of the intervention I wish it may be useful for other sites.

Bunpode Suwannachat

Ruth Martis joins Thai node for educational visit

Ruth Martis, our Clinical Educator from the University of Adelaide, was in Khon Kaen, Thailand, at the end of September for an educational visit. Together with the Thai node staff, she held a series of workshops at three intervention sites: Srinagarind Hospital, Khon Kaen Hospital and Kalasin Hospital. In our November issue, Ruth will provide a report of her visit.

Cochrane workshops in Bangkok and Khon Kaen


Steve is currently in Khon Kaen en route to the Cochrane Colloquium in Dublin. The trip to Thailand began with a two-day ‘How to conduct a Cochrane review’ workshop in Bangkok. This was jointly organised by the Thai Cochrane Network, Thailand Research Fund and Australasian Cochrane Centre/SEA-ORCHID, and was hosted by the Ministry of Public Health. Nearly 100 people attended the workshop from all over Thailand, and it was great to see Bunpode, Ussanee, Pisake, Malinee and Jadsada.

This week in Khon Kaen, we ran the same workshop for another large group of enthusiastic participants, including our SEA-ORCHID librarian fellows – Butsakorn and Songsri. Malinee conducted the majority of sessions, which was much appreciated by the Thai audience! As always, Nat and her team organised a very enjoyable and successful workshop.

We are confident that several Cochrane titles will be registered in the coming weeks, and the plan is to hold a follow-up workshop to support registered reviewers to coincide with the February SEA-ORCHID Project Meeting.

A final workshop on evidence-based practice for 15 local medical librarians will be held later this week and has been organised by Butsakorn and Songsri. My thanks to everyone who has made this another memorable and productive visit.

Steve McDonald

FAOPS presentation

At the recent FAOPS meeting in Bangkok, Mario Festin presented the SEA-ORCHID Project within the designated theme of improving child health research.

2007 SEA-ORCHID Project Meeting

At the Investigators' teleconference on 27 September, it was agreed to hold the 2007 SEA-ORCHID Project Meeting in Khon Kaen, Thailand, during the 2nd week of February 2007 (5th-9th).

We aim to set aside at least 2, if not 3 days, for scheduled project meetings with the broader group, plus separate meetings for Investigators and Educators. We would also like to encourage project team members to spend additional time before or after the project meetings with their colleagues writing papers, further developing their systematic reviews, undertaking intervention planning, etc.

At our next Investigators' teleconference on 6 December, we will discuss the exact dates for our scheduled project meetings, however we would like to request at this stage that you keep the entire 2nd week of February free if possible. If you have any days during that week that you already have commitments for, can you please email me with the details (mthomas@usyd.edu.au).

Melissa Thomas

Video-streaming of the Cochrane Colloquium (23-26 Oct)

You might not be in Dublin for the Cochrane Colloquium next week, but you can still ‘attend’ the plenary sessions. The organisers have teamed up with Wiley to provide live video-streaming of this year’s plenary sessions (broadcast at 0800-0930 GMT).

The plenary sessions feature some relevant topics to SEA-ORCHID (eg making reviews more useful to users/readers, supporting review authors in less wealthy countries). And also prominent speakers, including Mary Robinson, former UN Human Rights Commissioner, will speak on a human rights approach to tackling AIDS.

Check the special page on the Cochrane Library homepage for more details.

Steve McDonald

International meeting to celebrate 10th Anniversary of RHL

This meeting takes place in Khon Kaen next April and promises to be an excellent forum for discussing issues that are highly relevant to the SEA-ORCHID Project. Be sure to put it in your diaries…

Issue No. 10 of The WHO Reproductive Health Library (RHL) will be published in April 2007. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and its partners are organizing an international scientific meeting on 27-29 April 2007 in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

The meeting will cover the following topics:
  • RHL and future perspectives
  • best practices on current topics in sexual and reproductive health care
  • publishing research from low- and middle-income countries
  • evidence-based advocacy: The Lancet Sexual and Reproductive Health Series
  • education and training in evidence-based health care
  • utilizing research findings in resource-poor settings
Steve McDonald

Monthly activity updates

We are pleased to publish the first comprehensive activity updates from Thailand and Malaysia. You can view these updates on the respective country pages of the SEA-ORCHID websites under the menu item Activity Updates, or alternatively access them from the Knowledge Bank/Project Activities page.

Fellowships update

We have now included a page on our website giving information about the impressive list of Fellows that have been recruited to contribute to the SEA-ORCHID Project (we have 16 to date!). Visit the Knowledge Bank/Project Activities section of the website to view details about the focus and outputs for each of the fellowships.

Email communication

Below are group email addresses that can be used to communicate more effectively with SEA-ORCHID team members.

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
administrators@seaorchid.org Project Administrators in Australia (Melissa) and South East Asia (Natthaleeya)

Some project team members are being affected by large amounts of spam email that appear to be coming through on some of the above email addresses. This issue has been discussed with our web developer in Melbourne, and it appears that the problem cannot be resolved centrally. The above email addresses are not published on our website, and so spammers cannot find out these addresses in the usual way. Spammers can, however, infect an individual’s email and from there also get access to other email addresses in their system.

In order to reduce the amount of spam you are receiving, we recommend that you talk with your institutional IT department about increasing your level of spam filtering. If you have yahoo or hotmail email accounts, there are anti-spam tools and filters available via their websites that will better protect your inboxes. With these tools you can identify spam as it arrives in your inbox and block the sender from sending you future emails.

Melissa Thomas

If you would like to submit any news from your local site for the next issue of the SEA-ORCHID Project Update, please email Melissa, mthomas@usyd.edu.au.


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