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A survey from the Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS)

Dear G-I-N member,

The Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) – or French National Authority for Health - is currently conducting an international survey to gather your experience on public consultations.

We would be very grateful if you could help us by answering an online survey about the possibility of using this modality to gather public opinion during the process of elaboration of clinical practice guidelines, health economic evaluation, public health guidelines or health technology assessment.

Your answers will enable us to develop, for our institution, a methodological guide on the implementation of public consultation. We hope to be able to share with you the survey’s results during a future G-I-N congress. If you don’t organise public consultation, you will have only 4 questions to answer. If you do, it will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Please access the survey by following the link and answer the survey questions by Monday 5 April 2010.

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The results of the survey will be communicated to all of its participants.

Thank you very much in advance.


Templates for summarising studies on economic evaluation and prognostic

The G-I-N Evidence Tables Working Group has developed the following templates for summarising studies:

  • addressing intervention questions
  • addressing diagnostic questions

We are now aiming to produce templates on economic evaluation and prognostic studies. As a start for this work, we would be grateful if you could help us by answering to the survey available on the G-I-N website by Monday April 5th, 2010. The link to the survey is: We also encourage you to visit our discussion boards and share with us your experiences (you will need to be logged in to access the discussion board).

The results of this survey will be presented at the upcoming G-I-N conference in Chicago and will help in building the new templates.

Thank you very much in advance.

The G-I-N Evidence Tables Core Group


The Second Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care (KR4HC-2010) 17/18 August 2010 Lisbon, Portugal

(in conjunction with ECAI-2010 )

As computerized health-care support systems are rapidly becoming more knowledge intensive, the representation of medical knowledge in a form that enables reasoning is growing in relevance and taking a more central role in the area of Medical Informatics. In order to achieve a successful decision-support and knowledge management approach to medical knowledge representation, the scientific community has to provide efficient representations, technologies, and tools to integrate all the important elements that health care providers work with: electronic health records and health-care information systems, clinical practice guidelines and standardized medical technologies, codification standards, etc.

Synergies to integrate the above mentioned elements and types of knowledge must be sought both in the medical problems (e.g., prevention, diagnosis, therapy, prognosis, etc.) and also in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence technologies (e.g., natural language processing, digital libraries, knowledge representation, knowledge integration and merging, decision support systems, machine learning, e-learning, etc.).

The second KR4HC workshop will focus on electronic patient data. After many years of promise, we finally begin to see a widespread deployment of electronic patient records and dossiers. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to the list of topics as mentioned in the full CfP ( ).


  • Deadline for submissions (research paper or demonstration paper): 7 May 2010
  • Notification: 7 June 2010
  • Final camera-ready: 24 June 2010

Workshop Organising Committee

  • Silvia Miksch, Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Mor Peleg. University of Haifa, Israel
  • David Riaño, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
  • Annette ten Teije, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Piloting a joint project between G-I-N and INAHTA

Last year G-I-N and INAHTA signed a partnership agreement and decided to try setting up joint working groups on some projects. After discussions both Networks decided to start working on stroke management. Therefore, if you are a G-I-N member, we would like to know if:

  • you have worked on guidelines on stroke management
  • you are willing to participate in this pilot project with INAHTA members to discuss and compare processes and

results obtain.

If you are interested in participating please send an email to G-I-N Executive Officer:


Keep the enGINe running!

We are looking for an additional enthusiastic individual to join the editorial team at enGINe. Do you have something to say about guidelines? Would you like to help us put the wheels on the enGINe? Would you like to steer the enGINe in a new direction? To volunteer or to find out more about what is involved please contact the G-I-N Executive Officer (Magali Remy-Stockinger):


G-I-N is encouraging the translation of its newsletter. If you wish to do so please inform us ( and send back the translated piece to be shared more widely via our website!


As always, the ENGINE would like to know more about you!

Please get in touch to tell us about you, your organisation, your work programme, your ambitions. Perhaps even your problems – the G-I-N community could have the answers you are looking for.

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