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Title: Health information and knowledge management in Europe : report on a WHO meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 26-27 November 2001
Authors: World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe
Language: English
Abstract: WHO Member States and stakeholders are increasingly interested in "evidence-based medicine" and particularly in "evidence-based public health policy". Information and knowledge management tools and methods help by supplying available evidence on "what works" in health. The WHO Regional Office for Europe, together with the Portuguese Health Systems Observatory and the Ministry of Health of Portugal, organized this meeting to review current European developments and future prospects in these areas. The participants concluded that there is too much information in some public health fields, as well as important gaps in information that need to be addressed. Information in itself does not lead to change, however, and thus better understanding is required of how evidence-based information and knowledge management tools could be further used in support of decision-making. Identification of gaps in knowledge and information, clarification of concepts, cross-country comparative studies on specific issues, harmonization of data standards and targeted dissemination of available evidence from Member States were all recognized as areas where WHO has a potential role to play in strengthening information and knowledge for health development in Europe
Description: EURO
10 p.
Subject: Evidence-Based Medicine
Public Health
Health Policy
Knowledge Management
Context: trends
metadata.dc.subject.other: Information Systems and Communication
Gov't Doc #: EUR/02/5042233
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