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7th annual Labelle lecturer examines the role of research in the development of tobacco control policies

Published: October 5, 1998

"Can policy, which sounds so much like politics, ever be evidence-based?"

Lisa Bero, associate professor of clinical pharmacy, Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, will give the 7th Annual Labelle Lecture at McMaster University on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Centre, Rm. 1A1.

Michael Rachlis, health policy consultant and Richard Schabas, Cancer Care Ontario will be discussants at the lecture.

In this talk Bero will describe her work examining the role of research in the development of tobacco control policies, and analyze how this examination provides lessons that are applicable to other areas of health policy, particularly areas where private sector interest is high.

Bero will describe influences on the quality and dissemination of tobacco research, including peer review and research sponsorship. Tobacco industry sponsorship and dissemination of research has had an effect on the questions that get studied, as well as whether and where the studies get published.

Despite the industry's efforts, this sponsored research has not been widely cited in scientific literature or lay press. However, Bero will present case studies of the formation of tobacco control policies indicating that industry sponsored research has been widely cited in policy documents and hearings.

This lectureship series was established as a tribute to Roberta Labelle, an assistant professor in the department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, by her colleagues, to provide an opportunity for renewal in the spirit of optimism that was hers, and as a reminder of her message that good research really can make a difference.

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