World Evidence Based Health Care Day, 20 October: The role of evidence in an infodemic

19 October, 2021

Extracts from the website below. Read online: https://worldebhcday.org/

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2021 CAMPAIGN: THE ROLE OF EVIDENCE IN AN INFODEMIC

Building on the collective wisdom of using evidence to generate impact in 2020, the campaign for World EBHC Day 2021 explores the role of evidence in an infodemic, in particular promoting access to trustworthy, evidence-informed health information. In 2021, we call on the global evidence community to share their experiences, expertise and stories on infodemic management, including facilitating accurate knowledge translation; knowledge refinement, filtering and fact-checking; building eHealth/science literacy; and monitoring, infoveillance and social listening.

Building on the collective wisdom of using evidence to generate impact in 2020, the campaign for World EBHC Day explores 'the role of evidence in an infodemic', in particular promoting access to trustworthy, evidence-informed health information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of developing rapid evidence-informed responses; streamlining global efforts in producing trustworthy, pragmatic evidence; and ensuring the best-available evidence is accessible, transparent and understood. The rapid response of the global evidence community has been important and necessary. However, it has been accompanied by a plethora of mis/disinformation which has contributed to a global ‘infodemic’, making it hard for people to find evidence-based, trustworthy guidance when they need it.

Guided by infodemiologist Gunther Eysenbach’s work on infodemic management we call on the global evidence community to share their experiences, stories and collective wisdom on:

- Facilitating accurate knowledge translation during an infodemic

- Knowledge refinement, filtering & fact-checking

- Building ehealth literacy & science literacy capacity

- Monitoring, infodemiology, infoveillance & social listening...

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org