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Role of practice guidelines in policymaking subject of CHEPA February seminar

03 Feb 2012

The role of practice guidelines in policymaking will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar to be presented by Melissa Brouwers of McMaster University on Feb. 15.

Practice guidelines have a history of promoting evidence-informed decision-making by clinicians and patients. However, they have increasingly become a more common knowledge product used by policymakers. In this seminar entitled Practice Guidelines and Policy: Oil and Vinegar or Two Peas in a Pod?, Brouwers, an associate professor in the Department of Oncology, will discuss the pros and cons of using practice guidelines to guide policy, and some of the methodological challenges. The cancer control context will be used for illustrative purposes.

The seminar will be held in CRL-B119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For those who are not able to be present, remote access through Elluminate is available. Click here for details on how to log in to listen to the seminar.

Brouwers, who is also an associate member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster, is the scientific director of the Program in Evidence-based Care for Cancer Care Ontario. She is also principal investigator of the AGREE II Consortium, national lead for the Capacity Enhancement Project of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, and knowledge translation lead for the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, a national consortium of health services researchers in cancer.  

She holds a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto and an MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Western Ontario.   

Her primary research interests include knowledge translation, particularly as it relates to the development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based decisions products such as clinical practice guidelines.

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