Dr. Brian Rowe, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

This Cochrane Collaboration has been described as a paradigm shift in clinical practice. The accumulation of evidence on treatments in health care in the form of systematic reviews provides the highest level of evidence in an unbiased and standard approach. Few other areas have benefitted as much from this evidence tsunami as respiratory health practitioners. The Airways Review Group has been a long-standing Cochrane entity and this session is designed to demonstrate some of the successes in Cochrane from the perspective of respiratory practitioners. Using the experience from three leading Canadian scientists, how the evidence from the Cochrane has shaped management now and what might be expected in the future will be explored.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • introduce participants to the Cochrane reviews, the Airway Review Group and the contributions made by systematic reviews to the field over the past 20 years;
  • examine the evidence in pediatric asthma, acute asthma and rehabilitation sciences that impact health practitioners; and
  • explore how contributions from the Cochrane reviews might impact respiratory health in the future.