Professor Andy Oxman is a member of the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (NOKC), Oslo. The centre supports the development of quality in the health services by summarising research, promoting the use of research results, contributing to quality improvement, measuring the quality of health services, and working to improve patient safety.
How can we help people make well-informed choices about their own health?
On the evening of the 27th February 2014, this session was a creative mix of thought provoking and knowledge sharing lectures on Making Global Health Better. Young scientists, PhD students and researchers each had an opportunity to learn, interact and exchange ideas.
Researchers from Europe and Africa gathered in Oxford to share knowledge on health systems research, economics and governance in health management.
In this podcast, Professor Andy Oxman illustrates that to avoid being misled we need to test the effects of treatments, including how effective they are, how safe they are and how much they cost.
This requires a comparison, for example comparing what happens with a treatment to what happens without the treatment.
Why teach children about fair tests of treatment? Helping children to make choices is a critical goal for education generally and health education specifically. Young children are able to understand the basic concepts necessary to assess claims about treatment effects.
Teaching science in primary education can produce the foundations for a scientifically literate population and especially in low-income countries it is possible to reach a large segment of the population that is well-grounded in science.