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4th International Conference on the
Scientific Basis of Health Services
Sydney, Australia, 22-25 September 2001

“a great networking event where I met loads of interesting new people, got re-acquainted with many old friends, found out about some very interesting initiatives around the globe, and learnt how to do great social events at conferences”

Aims of the Conference
The main aim of the conference was to bring together clinicians, researchers, policy makers, consumers, health industry leaders and administrators to find new ways of accelerating the transfer of research into practice and to demonstrably improve the quality and outcomes of health services. The conference had three main themes: generating evidence for health decision making; applying evidence in the real world and making the potential of research a reality.

There were three main speakers – one for each main day of the conference – called “Masters of Ceremonies” (MCs) to highlight their role in promoting an interractive participation by registrants and in drawing together the main discussion points from each day?s sessions. These speakers were: Dr Chris Henshall, Director of the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health, UK; Professor Jonathan Lomas, Executive Director, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Canada; Dr Carolyn Clancy, Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, USA.

A full list of Speakers is available.

The Plenary Presentations and summaries of each day’s proceedings areavailable.

Please note: The material in these presentations is not to be reproduced or quoted without permission of the authors.

There were 141 presenters involved in 144 paper and 25 poster presentations. In addition there were four workshops. All abstracts were peer reviewed by a panel of three before acceptance into the programme. Details of the programme and all abstracts are published on this website.