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Students 4 Best Evidence: a new way of engaging the younger generation in evidence-based health care
  1. Holly Millward
  1. Holly Millward, EBMH Associate Editor, UK Cochrane Centre, Summertown Pavilion, 18–24 Middle Way, Oxford OX2 7LG, UK
  1. Correspondence to Holly Millward, Holly.Millward{at}; Twitter @MillwardHolly & @Students4BE

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In March 2013, Sir Muir Gray stood up at the Cochrane UK & Ireland Anniversary Symposium Gala Dinner and asked everyone under the age of 40 to stand up and be toasted by everyone in the room over 40 years. He sought to recognise not only future generations of Cochrane contributors but also the future stakeholders for evidence-based health care, in general, the health professionals, policymakers and consumers. This toast to the younger generations represents one of the core aims of the UK Cochrane Centre (UKCC), to engage with all our audience (our stakeholders) and increase the use and dissemination of evidence-based health care. Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is part of that aim.

S4BE is an online international community for any student or recent graduate, in any health care discipline (or none), interested in evidence-based health care (see figure 1). The main aim is to promote an interest in evidence-based decision-making among young people in general, but student health professionals in particular. Hilda Bastian summed up S4BE and the need for continued promotion of students education in evidence-based health care, in a blog for Scientific American: “…the young people are the most striking phenomenon. They're bringing a blast of energy, enthusiasm, idealism and cutting edge scientific work with them… the most exciting things are the signs of change in medical and health professional education that are bubbling up.”1

Figure 1

S4BE logo.

How does S4BE work?

S4BE works by bringing together people and resources ( The S4BE web-based community of students seeks to identify evidence-based health care …

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  • i The Cochrane Collaboration is an independent, global organisation that produces and disseminates the latest evidence in health care through the production of systematic reviews. The Collaboration was born in 1993 in response to a challenge set by the physician and epidemiologist Archie Cochrane. In 1979, Cochrane said “It is surely a great criticism of our profession that we have not organised a critical summary, by specialty or subspecialty, adapted periodically, of all relevant randomised controlled trials.”2 In 1992, the UKCC was established and the Collaboration was ‘born’ a year later. Funded by the UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) the UKCC helps to maintain and improve the quality and usefulness of Cochrane reviews through the provision of learning, development, support and dissemination to UK-based and Ireland-based Cochrane contributors and a wider community of health consumers.