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A1O4 | Scientific evidence and practice: bridging the gap. A European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) project to promote Best Practice in Drug Addiction field.

Abstract text
Best Practice is the best application of the available evidence to current activities in the drug field. Evidence-based knowledge and practice, i.e. the experience and lessons learned from the implementation of evidence-based intervention, are two key dimensions of the Best Practice concept.
To develop a knowledge-base on the EMCDDA website providing reliable information on the latest scientific evidence as well as on the practical aspects of implementation throughout Europe.
Search for systematic reviews is performed and results are summarised in plain language modules following the Patients-Interventions-Comparisons-Outcomes-Type of studies logic. Interventions are scored for the level of evidence basing on the GRADE assessment system and results are grouped as for the level of impact on patients (the upper being ‘Beneficial’ the lower ‘Evidence of ineffectiveness’). Tables with summaries of ongoing studies are also available. The EMCDDA’s network of national focal points regularly submits examples of interventions that are assessed according to the level of evidence.
The Best Practice Portal (http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/best-practice) currently contains modules on treatment, harm reduction and prevention. The modules are biannually updated with new evidence. A system for collecting relevant questions and commissioning Cochrane systematic review is being studied. Experience from practice is presented in a separate section, including a collection of European standards and guidelines and a collection of real-life projects from 30 European countries (EDDRA database).
Identification of evidence and implementation experiences has important implications in highlighting research gaps as well as defining research priorities. The BPP is the result of a first effort to bridge together evidence and practice to disseminate and promote evidence-based interventions throughout Europe and foster a common approach.
Bo A1, Allara E2, Ferri M1
1 EMCDDA, Lisbon
2 University of Turin, Italy
Presenting author and contact person
Presenting author: 
Marica Ferri
Contact person: 
Alessandra Bo (Contact this person)
Marica Ferri (Contact this person)
Date and Location
Oral session A1O4
Thursday 20 October 2011 - 12:25 - 12:45