The Nordic Conference on Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice (Linköping, Sweden)

The Nordic Conference on Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice was held on February 5-6, 2013 at Linköping University in Sweden. A few hundred (mostly) researchers and (some) practitioners attended this conference where there was plenty of discussion on the state of research within the health field. The Scientific Program and the abstract (listing all of the talks and a brief summary of them) can be found here.

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Most of those attending were from Sweden, but other countries such as the USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark (and others) were represented; therefore the conference was in English.

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Easily the highlights of the conference were from the Keynote Speakers (perhaps not surprisingly).

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Trisha Greenhalgh (who loves twitter: find her here) talked about Knowledge Transfer and was easily the most thought-provoking, insightful, and articulate presenter. She presented strong support for qualitative research as a means of generating multi-layered knowledge that is rich with voices from users of services–‘all knowledge is collective: Wittgenstein’s three layer: epistime, knowledge; technical and tacit knowledge; and praxis–the practical wisdom. This reminds us that “policy is a contact sport where knowledge is power.”

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Another strong speaker was Huw Davies on Organizational Change, where he displayed an excellent use of graphics in his slides with minimal text. He highlighted the challenge of process that engages with values, tacit knowledge and experience; is socially and contextually situated and shared; and may require some difficult ‘unlearning’. If we seek organizational change, then he urges us to move from a mode of simply Evidence-Based Practice to a Mode of Co-production-from bridging to dialogue, although this way can be more difficult to evaluate. Leadership is key in achieving organizational change–make sure someone’s following you.

Overall the conference was decently inspiring and will certainly grow in-depth and knowledge as it has its second annual conference.

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