Background: The UKCC seeks to improve health by promoting the production, understanding and use of high quality research evidence by patients, healthcare professionals and those who organise and fund our healthcare services. Students in all healthcare disciplines are the practitioners of tomorrow and, potentially, the Cochrane contributors of tomorrow.
Objectives: To promote the understanding of healthcare research amongst students in all health-related fields and amongst any students in any discipline, with an interest in health care. To do this on a global basis, inviting participation from any students in any country.
Methods: Working with evidence-based design agency Minervation we have created an online community called “Students 4 Best Evidence” (S4BE). This community is aimed at students from school to university age from any part of the world. It brings together relevant, useful resources about all aspects of evidence-based health care. Students can, for example, find out how to practice EBM and how to critically appraise a paper. The site signposts existing resources rather than creating new ones. It provides a space for students to interact with each other and discuss all aspects of EBM. Students are able to comment on the quality of resources and post links to material they have identified.
Results: The site has been developed by 15 students from 7 different countries, based on a community first developed using Facebook. Phase I of the website goes live in late April 2013 and Phase II in September 2013. Our presentation demonstrates the features of the site and the lessons learnt in developing and refining it.
Opportunity: Students for Best Evidence is supported and promoted by the UKCC but is not specifically or solely a Cochrane project. However, we invite any interested Cochrane groups or individuals to support the endeavour by encouraging students they know to engage and participate.