In the period from
11-14 April 2005, The National and Gulf Center for EBM
(NGCEBM) in King Abdelaziz Medical City (KAMC) for National
Guard at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has conducted the first
Arab forum for Evidence Based Medicine. The center was
established at May 2004, and was recognized by the Minister
of health for GCC as a reference center for EBM.
EBM which is the integration of the best
available evidence from research with the clinical experience
on the context of patient beliefs and preferences. Although
EBM as science was known since early 1990th, yet Arab
world started to explore it.
Some countries like Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia
have developed centers for EBM; other countries like
Sudan have developed an association for EBM.
These centers and associations are aiming
at increasing the awareness of Arab world to EBM through
The aim of the congress was to promote
EBM among Arab world. The objectives for the congress
||To increase awareness to EBM among
||To exchange experiences between the
||To increase the coordination and cooperation
among EBM individuals and centers.
||To provide EBM training in the post-congress
||The first 2 days (11-12 April 05):
were devoted for the congress. The congress constituted
of 8 sessions/themes:
||key Not: Prof Gordon Guyatt, McMaster
||Cochrane Collaboration- Why Arab World?
Three speakers covered this theme: Dr. Abdulla Al
Khenaizan, Dr. Hassan Baaqeel, and Dr. Mazen Ferwana.
||Debate: Who should decide? The patient
or the Doctor? Dr. Mahmoud El Barbary took the role
of "Doctor" while Dr. Edward Devol took
the role of "patient". It was exciting
session, where each party treid to prove himself
as the right person. Poll through electronic devices
was done thought the debate.
|Impact of EBM in health care systems
and policies: This session was covered by Dr. Khalid
Al hussain, Dr. Lubna Al Ansary, and Dr. tawfeek
||Systematic Reviews and Randomised
controlled trials: delivered by Prof. Gordon Guyatt,
Dr. Nassir Abuzeid, and Hesham Al-Inany.
||EBM in Arab Countries: 4 Arab countries
highlighted the main activities of EBM with areas
of strength and limitations. These countries are:
Bahrain (Dr. Khaldoon al Roomi), Syria (Dr. Adib
Assali), Egypt (Dr. Abdel Hameed Attia), and Saudi
Arabia (Dr. Bander Knawy)
||Free paper presentatios: 7 papers
were presented by: A. Johar, G. Wajid, Z. Al Ziedan,
A. Al Khnaizan, K. Al Ghamdi, M. Al Salamah, I Hassan.
||EBM in Medical education training
and curricula: Covered by Dr. Hossam Hamdi and Dr.
||Post-congress workshops: 4 parallel
workshops were conducted, total attendees were100.
||Basic EBM workshop: 48 attended
||How to Teach EBM "Teaching the
Teachers": 12 attended.
||Pharmaco-economics: 12 attended
||How to do Systematic Reviews: 28 attended.
OF THE PAN ARAB CONGRESS FOR EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE
11 - 12 April, 2005 - King Faisal Conference
Hall - Riyadh
|| Increasing the
cooperation, and the exchange of expertise between
Arab countries, find out the need to have similar
the Arabic Translation for EBM to the shorter version
- refer to the Arabic Recommendation.
||Agreement by all
attendants of the meeting to establish Arabic network
for EBM, that would be a network to exchange expertise,
the mechanisms of this network shall be defined
later by the attendants of this business meeting
in a later stage.
||Emphasize on providing
more workshops, and training courses in the field
of Evidence Based Medicine in the Arab countries.
of the Evidence Based Medicine within the curriculums
of Medicine, and other science colleges.
the Evidence Based Medicine for the physician as
a mandatory Requirement when; they join Medical
specialized training courses, and for their registration
/ registration to practice as physicians.
from the successful implementations of EBM for other
countries or centers, and consider them as a role
recommends the participation of all healthcare providers,
and healthcare decision-makers in the spread of
EBM Concepts for all the benefits it carries for
the patient, and the healthcare institution.