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Fellows make a World of Difference
Nine outstanding health professionals from Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi and Papua New Guinea recently presented the results of their evidence-based implementation projects to improve health outcomes in their local communities. The visiting health professionals led the projects as part of the Joanna Briggs Foundation Evidence-based Clinical Fellowship Program. 
The projects included improving treatment outcomes for HIV positive adolescents; investigating newborn resuscitation and prevention of neonatal asphyxia; enhancing the management of severe anaemia in children; and managing Sickle Cell Disease.
Sponsors of the Joanna Briggs Foundation, including Trility's Caroline Kerkhof, attended the presentations to meet the Fellows and hear how their organisations have helped change lives by sponsoring the development of leaders who are now equipped to use evidence to improve healthcare in global communities.
The presentation day also provided the opportunity for sponsors and other guests to network over lunch.
Keynote speaker was Bianca Pilla, Global Engagement Manager at JBI, who spoke about the ways in which JBI supports evidence-based practice in disadvantaged communities, by recognising that local knowledge, the capacity of healthcare professionals on the ground, communication and collaboration are critical. 
“We stand by the need for sharing and localising knowledge, and supporting and engaging with health professionals, scientists and academics to take steps together, however small, to make a World of Difference to health outcomes globally", said Bianca Pilla.
Phillip Pledge Award
The Foundation Fellows presentation day concluded with the announcement of the Phillip Pledge Award, won by Dr Valery Nji of Cameroon.

The award, named after the Chair of the Joanna Briggs Foundation, recognises outstanding achievement in implementing evidence-based practice.

Dr Nji’s implementation project focused on improving intrapartum care to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes, and commenced at Bali District Hospital where he led a clinical audit of current practice.
The project continued through to completion despite political crisis in the region, a hospital strike triggered by rebels targeting staff, and the transfer to a new hospital.
At Dr Nji's new hospital, St Blaise Catholic Hospital, the project recommenced with a second baseline audit. Dr Nji then instigated the cultural and practice change required to implement evidence:

"The program gave me the skills in clinical leadership to mentor my colleagues to implement evidence-based practice", said Dr Nji. These skills were key to the success of his project.
The success of Dr Nji's project to improve maternal and neonatal care during labour was evident in a follow up audit which compared results against the baseline audit. Results of the follow up clinical audit demonstrated improvements against all 19 audit criteria.
Dr Nji now hopes to conduct a follow up clinical audit at Bali District Hospital to measure results of the project he commenced there. 
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Psychometric property a qualitative measure in disguise?

Although responsiveness has been viewed both as a unique psychometric property and a function of validity, it has always been held as part of the quantitative realm of research. But can a psychometric property be a qualitative measure in disguise?

Read editorial in the final issue of JBISRIR for 2018.

Probiotics for managing inflammatory arthritis
A systematic review will study the effectiveness of probiotics as a therapeutic intervention for individuals living with inflammatory arthritis.

Read systematic review protocol
Geographical analysis of chronic disease programs for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people
A scoping review will aim to determine which locations in Australia have evaluated chronic disease programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult populations in the primary healthcare context. Read scoping review protocol
Confronting the finitudes of life
A qualitative review focusing on the experiences of newly diagnosed cancer patients facing the finitudes of life will provide invaluable information and understanding that can contribute to the development of interventions to offer more tailored support to this patient group.

Read qualitative systematic review protocol
Nurse-led cardiac rehabilitation
A JBISRIR systematic review investigated the effectiveness of nurse-led cardiac rehabilitation programs following coronary artery bypass graft surgery on patients' health-related quality of life and hospital readmission. Read systematic review
Systematic review or scoping review?
What are the differences in indications between scoping reviews and systematic reviews? Find guidance for when a scoping review is (and is not) appropriate.
Guidelines for Guidelines
The NHMRC launched 'Guidelines for Guidelines' at its recent Symposium. Modules include Assessing certainty of evidence with its introductory video by Associate Professor Zac Munn, and links to useful resources.
JBISRIR Editorial Office Closure
The JBISRIR Editorial Office is closed until 3 January 2019 (ACDT). The journal online system will not accept manuscript uploads from authors during this time. Peer reviewers and editors will still be able to submit their feedback and recommendations.

We look forward to receiving submissions from authors (existing and new to us) in 2019. See information for authors.
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Norway's new JBI Collaborating Entity
We are excited to announce a new JBI Affiliated Group to the Joanna Briggs Collaboration: The Centre for Evidence-Based Public Health. The Group, convened by Associate Professor Ruth Kjærsti Raanaas, is hosted by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. We extend a warm welcome to our new JBI Collaborating Entity.
JBI Endorsed Excellence
Three new healthcare organisations in Switzerland, PR China and Australia have been granted full JBI Endorsement status. Congratulations to:

- Lausanne University Hospital 
- Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University
- Mater Health, Brisbane.
Achieving JBI Endorsement indicates these organisations' commitment to providing only the best possible care to their clients through the adoption of evidence-based healthcare practices. JBI Endorsement is proof of excellence and dedication to evidence-based healthcare, continuous quality improvement, and capacity building for healthcare staff.
Dr Kate Kynoch, Director of the Queensland Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery, led the celebration of Mater Health’s JBI Endorsement status with the Evidence in Practice Unit team and Mater’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Callan Battley.
Also celebrating their JBI Endorsement is the team at Lausanne University Hospital. Coordinator of the Endorsement Program for the Hospital, Dr Beatrice Perrenoud, said:

“We are very proud of this achievement that represents a significant advancement in evidence-based healthcare for our institution. We thank JBI for their continuous support".
JBI Endorsement requires an annual re-assessment to ensure that all organisations remain compliant to the JBI Endorsement Standards and criteria. Find out more about JBI Endorsement.
Advancing Nursing and Midwifery in PR China
Southern Medical University, School of Nursing in PR China recently hosted a successful two-day JBI symposium.
The symposium, themed ‘Advancing Nursing and Midwifery through research and knowledge translation’, was well attended and attracted guests and speakers from across PR China, Australia, the UK, USA and Taiwan.
The event was held at the Baiyun International Convention Centre, which was formally opened on Day One of the symposium and officiated by Province dignitaries. During the celebration, Dean Lili Zhang was recognised for her leadership.
One of the guest speakers at the symposium was Associate Professor Craig Lockwood, Director of Implementation Science at JBI. He presented on ‘Knowledge translation gaps: an internationally relevant model for effective, evidence-based care’, highlighting that although many explanatory models have been created, robust and reliable solutions for local contexts can be readily found in process driven methods.
Associate Professor Lockwood then illustrated the benefits of evidence-based audit and feedback for the individual health professional, the organisation, and for patient care by drawing on outcomes achieved across a range of Evidence-based Clinical Fellowship Program projects.
Also explained was the role of GRiP (Getting Evidence into Practice) used in local contexts to facilitate meaningful change: 

“Closing gaps at the local level creates knowledge with far broader relevance and impact, as sharing of ‘what works’ enables innovation in improving practice globally”, said Associate Professor Lockwood.
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Train-the-Trainer: CSRTP in PR China
The PR China Southern Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Practice: A Joanna Briggs Institute Affiliated Group in Guangzhau in Guandong province, hosted the JBI training program for future trainers of the Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program (CSRTP).
The Train-the-Trainer: CSRTP was facilitated by Associate Professor Craig Lockwood who was impressed by the calibre of future CSRTP trainers, and by one of his especially busy students in particular: "Professor Ning Wang hosted me while finalising the symposium on evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice, and while completing the rigorous Train-the-Trainer: CSRTP requirements!"
Evidence-based Clinical Fellowship Program
Participants travelled from PR China and Sydney to complete the Evidence-based Clinical Fellowship Program in Adelaide and deliver their implementation project presentations. Projects included: 'Implementing best practice evidence in relation to person-centred falls prevention and management'; 'Enhanced postoperative pain management among orthopaedic surgery patients'; and 'Postpartum depression assessment and management among the women during postnatal period'.
For 2019 dates for the Evidence-based Clinical Fellowship Program see Events Calendar
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7-11 January 2019

Nottingham, England

1-8 February 2019

Wollongong, Australia

18-22 February 2019

Adelaide, Australia

4-8 March 2019

Adelaide, Australia
5 March 2019

Adelaide, Australia
20 March 2019

Adelaide, Australia
4 April 2019

Adelaide, Australia

27 April - 1 May 2019

Cardiff, Wales

3 May 2019

Cardiff, Wales
Joanna Briggs Collaboration Symposium

Think globally. Act locally.
6-8 May 2019

San Jose, Costa Rica
30 October -
2 November 2019

Adelaide, Australia

G-I-N and JBI Conference
For more information on global training and events email us at the JBI Adelaide Global Training Office or contact directly a Joanna Briggs Collaborating Entity in your region. 
Christmas closure
The JBI team wishes all our subscribers and supporters a very merry Christmas and a happy and successful new year. We will be closed for the festive season from Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on Monday 7 January 2019. We look forward to connecting and working collaboratively with our peers and colleagues around the world throughout 2019.
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