How Knowledge and Data Inform Policy

Nov 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
700-828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion
Boris Sobolev & Lisa Kuramoto

In this talk, we discuss how knowledge and data inform policy. There has been considerable debate about the point at which delaying hip fracture surgery for nonmedical reasons worsens health outcomes. This uncertainty leads to prioritization without benefit to the patient or to underuse of expeditious surgery that could improve results. We highlight the utility of summarizing the existing knowledge in the form of a causal diagram for estimating the effect of possible changes in the timing policy without a randomized experiment. The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published the results of this study, CMAJ 2018;190(31):E923-32.