Working with the Joanna Briggs Institute I am reminded how our world is connected. While there are certainly many differing issues in different countries, many health issues remain the same. Health professionals share the same desire to improve outcomes for their patients and deliver the best possible care. As I write, we are counting down to the 2007 Biennial Joanna Briggs International Convention, Pebbles of Knowledge: Evidence for Excellence, which will be held at the Hyatt in Adelaide around the time of this magazine's release. It is exciting to see registrations from many different areas of the world, a demonstration of the reach of information disseminated by JBI. We are fortunate to host keynote speakers representing a number of countries and disciplines. What a great opportunity we have to meet, share experiences and gain knowledge in a truly International forum.
Drawing to the end of the year I also reflect on the activity over the past 12 months. JBI have developed working relationships with researchers in a number of African countries who have established, or plan to establish, Evidence Synthesis Groups. We have welcomed new centres for Public Health in Romania, a Community Care centre in Queensland, Australia and the National Gulf Centre in Saudi Arabia. It is exciting to see the collaboration continue to grow. If you are interested in reading more about the activities of the Institute, our 2006/07 annual report is now available (also for download on the JBI website).
You will have noticed the new look of PACEsetterS introduced last issue. PACEsetterS is about to enter its fifth year of publication, and has experienced a number of minor changes over the years, and now has a bit of a facelift. Both myself and the JBI team who contribute to delivering PACEsetterS to you every quarter, hope that you continue to find its developing format and content pleasant and easy to read, interesting and useful.
This issue features our regular contributions to give you insight into how to get the most of your membership – RE: members, tips on using PACES and getting research into practice generally – GRIP Tips, a brief profile of the newest members of our COnNECT team – COnNECT the Dots, along with the allied health corner and the challenge of the PACEsetterS crossword.
We look at stress with its signs, symptoms and some practical suggestions with Peter Winwood and have a closer look at an Evidence Synthesis Group in Waikato, New Zealand. We also profile Hillary Clinton, and look at her interests – other than the up coming election. We also have a look at an Evidence Utilisation Group and hear about some of the issues they have needed to consider in implementing evidence into practice.
I hope you enjoy this issue and continue to promote and support Best Practice where you are.