Trish Greenhalgh, an EBM critic, recently challenged Carl Heneghan on Twitter to promote real EBM, as opposed to the rubbish version. In response Carl proposed a meeting, for which I had the great pleasure (and stress!) of facilitating. There were quite a few EBM bigwigs, and as @mgtmccartney noted, the room was full of heroes such as Druin Birch, Jon Brassey, Martin Burton, Hasok Chang, Iona Heath, Richard Lehman, Mike Kelly, Neal Maskrey, Margaret McCartney, Rory Milne, and Des Spence. Details have been storified on Twitter so I won’t repeat them here.
To me (and not necessarily others in the group) the meeting revealed serious problems:
But all clouds – even the big ones revealed at this meeting – have silver linings. Besides the problems, the meeting and its reaction demonstrated that there are many energetic people committed to real EBM because they care deeply about patients.
If you would like to help promote real and not rubbish EBM watch this space, The meeting was only intended to be a small first step and more will follow. (And if you haven’t signed up to the alltrials campaign do it now.)