Can Systematic Reviews Help Shape Public Policy? |

Can Systematic Reviews Help Shape Public Policy?

Lunchtime Talk


Systematic reviews have been touted as a key tool in evidence-based medicine. But are they useful in policy? And how can we apply this method flexibly to meet policy-relevant needs? Using examples from health technology assessment, public health, education and human services, Dr G.J. Melendez-Torres will discuss how methodological innovations in systematic reviews can improve the utility of not just ‘medical’ systematic reviews, but also reviews addressing questions pressing to public policy across a variety of domains.

Dr. G.J. Melendez-Torres

Assistant Professor, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Dr G.J. Melendez-Torres joined Warwick Medical School as Assistant Professor in Health Technology Assessment, Epidemiology and Evidence Synthesis in October 2015 after two years as a lecturer at the University of Oxford, where he completed the DPhil in Social Intervention. He also worked with the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education. Before coming to the United Kingdom, he qualified as a registered nurse and read nursing and health economics as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. For his doctoral thesis, he worked at the intersection of social epidemiology and medical sociology, and on systematic review methods for answering complex questions that ‘pairwise’ effectiveness reviews cannot. He continues to work on these two areas, with additional (and primary) focus on health technology assessment within Warwick Evidence, one of the academic groups supporting NICE decision-making.

Chair Person:

Dr. Ng Kok Hoe, Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Thursday, 27 April 2017

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Seminar Room 3-5,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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