World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day on 20 October: the role of evidence in an infodemic

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World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day will take place again this year on 20 October – learn more on the website

World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day is held on 20 October each year. It is a global initiative that raises awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally. It is an opportunity to participate in debate about global trends and challenges, but also to celebrate the impact of individuals and organisations worldwide, recognising the work of dedicated researchers, policymakers, health professionals, and consumers in improving health outcomes.

The 2021 campaign focuses on the 'the role of evidence in an infodemic' and explores the role of evidence in an infodemic, in particular promoting access to trustworthy, evidence-informed health information.

Cochrane’s Editor in Chief, Dr Karla Soares-Weiser comments on this year's theme of infodemics:

“The infodemic has been a major challenge to achieving an evidence-informed response to COVID-19. This year’s World EBHC Day will be a timely opportunity for the evidence community to come together and explore our role in the responding to the current infodemic, as well as to consider how we can prepare for future infodemics.”

World EBHC Day calls on individuals and organisations in healthcare around the world to take action as we lead up to World EBHC Day on 20 October. Visit and contribute to a global response for infodemic management.

Cochrane World EBHC Day Events

Cochrane Crowd
Cochrane Crowd Screening Challenge
Log into our citizen scientist platform, Cochrane Crowd, on 20 October and screen COVID-19 articles. No experience necessary and in-platform training is provided - everyone is welcome to join in! 

How can we prevent infodemicsLifeology SciComms Challenge: Create a Visual Metaphor of an Infodemic
Cochrane is co-hosting a challenge with Lifeology to get people to create a visual to explain what an infodemic is or an approach to countering misinformation. 

Science communication in a pandemic: access, availability, dissemination, interpretation and misinformation
Science Communication in a Pandemic
Join Jack Nunn from Cochrane Council for presentations, panel discussions, and Q&A about science communication in a pandemic. 

Cochrane US
Evidence Based Decision Making During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned (en español)
Spanish speakers, join Cochrane US for speakers from Cochrane Colombia and Cochrane Argentina for presentations on lessons learned in Latin America and for some social and networking opportunties.


Cochrane evidence in the Spanish Wikipedia. Introductory session and workshop for new Wikipedians (en español)
Join Cochrane Iberoamerica for an introductory workshop for people interested in becoming Wikkipedians. The event is open to everyone and free! 

Monday, October 18, 2021