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Donald Berwick, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Karen Davis, The Commonwealth Fund

The International Conference on the Scientific Basis of Health Services is a biennial conference series, that began ten years ago in the U.K., and has since been hosted by the Netherlands, Canada and then Australia. The 5th conference will be in the United States, hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and AcademyHealth.

The series has provided an international forum for the exchange of research and experience on the use of health services research to improve access to and the quality of healthcare systems. Its focus is on the process of promoting the use of scientific evidence for clinical practice, health services management and health policy. Rather than examining the specific research methods or the content of different areas of scientific evidence, the objective of the conference series is to improve its dissemination, synthesis, translation and uptake at different levels of decision-making. Numerous international research societies, governments, international agencies and private sector companies have supported the series as complementary to their efforts.

The 2003 Conference

Next year’s conference will be co-chaired by Karen Davis, President of the Commonwealth Fund, And Donald Berwick, President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. A distinguished Planning Committee is now under formation.

The conference is organized around the five themes listed below.

  • National Strategies for Organizing Health Services Research
  • Using Evidence to Improve Clinical Practice
  • Using Evidence to Improve Health Services Management
  • Using Evidence to Improve Policymaking
  • Using Evidence to Alleviate the Burden of Specific Diseases (mental health; cancer; cardiovascular; maternal child health and HIV-AIDS)

Each theme will be led by two experts, one U.S. and one international. Additionally, each theme will have one plenary panel and five break-out sessions. The call for abstracts, panels and posters will be distributed in October, 2002. Registration will be begin in December, 2002.

Introductory and closing speeches at the conference will include Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson (to be confirmed) . Plenary speakers will include:

  • Uwe Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economics, Woodrow Wilson School, Department of Economics, Princeton University (Confirmed). Topic: “Health Services Research and Health System Accountability
  • Jonathan Lomas, Executive Director, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (Confirmed). Topic: “Globalization of Evidence and Localization of Decisions.”
  • Julio Frenk, Minister of Health, Mexico. Topic: “The Challenge of Moving Health Equity Research into Health Policy”

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