Web site: http://tudor.szote.u-szeged.hu
TUDOR (an acronym for „TUDományos
ORvoslás” meaning „medicine based on science”)
is a non-profit making foundation carrying out educational and human
resource development projects that provide expertise in education
and training of EBM methods and in the implementation of EBM in
daily practice of health care providers and policy makers in Hungary.
The TUDOR Network of EBM working groups was established in 1999
with the support of the Department for International Development
of the UK Government.
Aims and objectives of the TUDOR
The aim of the TUDOR Network is to assist in the
development of evidence-based health care and to support health
policy and clinical decisions by disseminating evidence-based medicine
The key objectives of TUDOR are to:
improve the quality of health care services,
improve patient outcomes,
develop capacity and human resources for teaching and using EBM
support training and continuous medical education of professionals,
change professional conduct and attitudes („do the right things
make health care policy and clinical decisions explicit, objective,
transparent and effective,
assist health care restructuring and reorganisation,
support the integration of the country’s health care sector
into that of the European Union.
The TUDOR Network, apart from regular EBM training
activities, assists in the development of evidence-based national
clinical guidelines and clinical audit in collaboration with the
Ministry of Health. TUDOR also supports health policy and reimbursement
decisions by providing regular EBM and HTA training and methodological
expertise for staff of the National Health Insurance Fund Administration.
To achieve the above aims and objectives, we developed
a national network of collaborating partners. Partners of the TUDOR
Network represent a wide range of stakeholders, including doctors,
nurses, patient groups, graduate and postgraduate medical students,
representatives of medical and nursing Colleges, National Institutes,
the Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Fund. Our
strategy is to „infiltrate” the health care system from
each angle of stakeholders using the „bottom-up” and
„top-down” approach simultaneously.
There are 7 regional TUDOR working groups in the Network, each
having a project leader:
||Region in Hungary
and the capital
||University of Debrecen
||University of Szeged
||Andrea R. Horvath
||University of Pecs
||Hungarian Nursing Association
||Ministry of Health
||National Health Insurance Fund
The TUDOR Network partner institutions and professional
organisations collaborate with each other and the educational and
professional activities are complementary, so that the network is
engaged in different aspects of EBM and targets different layers
of the health care system. The results of this complex and multilayered
project are shared by all network members. The local activities
of the TUDOR Network are supported by the Ministry of Health and
the National Health Insurance Fund. More information on TUDOR can
be found on http://tudor.szote.u-szeged.hu.
Activities of the TUDOR Network extend beyond the borders of Hungary.
It has an extensive international collaboration with CASP International,
Guidelines International Network (GIN) and the AGREE Collaboration.
The TUDOR Network organised two EBM courses for Central-Eastern
European and Central-Asian countries and currently prepares a WHO-GIN
congress and workshop for guideline developers in October 2006.
In addition, regional leaders of the network have a broad collaboration
in their specialist area with:
the Cochrane Collaboration (Stroke Review Group: Daniel Bereczki,
Debrecen; Diagnosis and Screening Tests Method Group: Andrea Rita
the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory
Medicine in the field of evidence-based laboratory medicine (EBLM)
(AR Horvath is chair of the committee on EBLM; see http://www.ifcc.org/divisions/emd/c-eblm/ceblm.asp);
the University of Surrey (Consumers’ attitudes to early nutrition
programming: Tamas Decsi, Pecs);
the University of Maribor, the Czech and Austrian Nursing Association
on training in evidence-based nursing (Zoltan Balogh, Hungarian
the European CoCan Project on guidelines in oncology (Ildiko Szy,
Ministry of Health and Eva Dobos, University of Szeged).
Professor Andrea Rita Horvath, MD, PhD, FRCPath, EurClinChem
Department of Clinical Chemistry, University of Szeged
Somogyi bela ter 1, Szeged, H-6725 Hungary
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