#CochraneForAll tweetchat – what will make our conference interesting and accessible for all?

Join us in a #cochraneforall tweetchat – another opportunity to tell us what we could do to increase the involvement of patients and carers in next year’s Cochrane conference. 

The twenty people we met at our recent meetings in Oxford and Edinburgh gave us a wealth of ideas about how to make our 2018 global Cochrane conference accessible and interesting. We’ll be sharing a summary of that soon and, of course, their suggestions will be taken forward to the next stage of our conference planning.

As a #PatientsIncluded event, we must ensure that patients are involved in designing, planning and delivering the event, and are present at the conference; that travel and accommodation expenses are paid and a minimum of two scholarships offered; that disability requirements are met; and that virtual participation by patients is enabled.

We are keen to hear ideas from many other patients, consumers and carers worldwide and, to this end we are holding two tweetchats, on Monday 6th November at 14:00 GMT and Tuesday 7th November at 20:00 GMT, each lasting one hour, though of course you can just drop in for a bit.  We will be addressing the same questions each time, but hope that having two sessions will enable more people, and from different time zones, to join in.

The tweetchats will be co-hosted by me @SarahChapman30 and Richard Morley @RMEngagement, Cochrane’s Consumer Co-ordinator.

In this discussion, we would like to hear your thoughts on the following:

  • What would make the conference appealing?
    • Think about things you’d like to do, hear or discuss at the conference
  • What would make it easy for you/others to attend and participate?
    • This might include practical considerations, access issues, cost etc
  • What are the different ways people could work together at the conference?
  • Have you any suggestions for speakers who bring a patient/carer perspective?
  • What are your main hopes and worries for this event?

Never joined a tweetchat before? No problem!

How to take part in a tweetchat

Be on Twitter! If you’re not already, you can register at https://twitter.com

Include the hashtag #cochraneforall in every tweet. If you log in to Twitter via http://www.tchat.io using this hashtag, it will automatically be added to every tweet and you will only see tweets from this chat.  You can join in on Twitter in the normal way, but be sure to remember to add the hashtag!

We’ll begin with welcomes and introductions and then spend a little time discussing each of the questions.

Don’t worry about what you miss! You can retweet and reply as you wish, and drop in and out too. I’ll write a blog summarizing the chat, so that will be a chance to catch up with things you may have missed.

Enjoy yourself – it’s a chat!

We hope that many of you will be able to join in with the tweetchats.


Sarah Chapman

About Sarah Chapman

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Sarah's work as a Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK focuses on disseminating Cochrane evidence through social media, including Evidently Cochrane blogs, blogshots and the ‘Evidence for Everyday’ series for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and patients. A former registered general nurse, Sarah has a particular interest making evidence accessible and useful to practitioners and to others making decisions about health. Before joining Cochrane, Sarah also worked on systematic reviews for the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, and obtained degrees in History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women’s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading).

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