Managing the Knowledge Base for Oncology (#38)
The knowledge base for cancer is growing at an unprecedented rate as research seeks to establish the best processes for treatment, care and prevention. The value of this research is only realised when the new evidence based findings can be transferred into practice at the clinician, service and system levels. However, managing a dynamic and extensive knowledge base is challenging. Each day over 1,000 articles are indexed to the Medline database and around 75 clinical trials and 11 systematic reviews are published. New approaches are needed to facilitate access to the emerging evidence and to organise it into meaningful formats that can support clinical practice and policy development. Several different Australian organisations are utilising technology to address issues around retrieval, organisation and dissemination of the oncology evidence.
The purpose of this symposium is to outline three different strategies being used by key agencies to support the use of evidence in oncology. The three strategies are:
• Effective Searching (Flinders Filters)
• Wiki Guideline Platform (Cancer Council Australia)
• Point of care Treatment Protocols (eviQ)
The symposium will also explore opportunities for new approaches to evidence spread and uptake, particularly those that utilise technology.