Frances Ivens Lecture – new

The Frances Ivens lecture is a new annual public event, named after Frances Ivens (1870-1944), Liverpool’s first female consultant surgeon. It is co-sponsored by the University of Liverpool, The Liverpool Medical Institution and the Liverpool Medical History Society.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 from 17:30 to 19:00 (BST)

Liverpool Medical Institution – 114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5SR

Refreshments will be available from 5.00 pm, and the lecture will be followed by a reception and optional dinner. Dinner reservation requests (£20.00 per person) to be sent to

Talk outline: Advances in research methodology in several disciplines have, since the mid-twentieth century, made it possible to evaluate more precisely than ever before the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to improve or maintain the health of individuals and populations. Many of these advances originated in the United Kingdom. As a result, they have informed policy and practice more thoroughly in that country than in many others.

In every country, however, the political cultures of the health professions and public bureaucracies have limited the influence on policy and practice of findings from research using these methodological advances.  Nevertheless, the influence of research evaluating interventions in healthcare and population health has grown steadily since about 1990.

This lecture will be illustrated by narratives about events in recent history rather than by slides because of the documented difficulty, perhaps impossibility, of talking about power in PowerPoint.

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