History of CASP JAPAN
by Toshio Fukuoka
Based upon the presentation at CASP training week 2001 at
Oxford on 20th July 2001.
Before 1998: Though very few Japanese people knew CASP,
some of them attended CASP workshops in some occations and
enjoyed them very much.
October 1998: An e-mail from Peter in 1998 asking Toshio
Fukuoka to translate a brief introduction of CASP
international into Japanese.
July 1999: 1st CASP international meeting was held in
London, UK. Three of the participants were Japanese.
December 1999: 1st workshop using CASP method in Japan was
held for librarians.
Establishment of CASP
January 2000: We started to use the name of "CASP Japan" at
the EBM workshop in Nagoya Japan.
April 2000: 1st CASP workshop with consumers was conducted.
September 2000: Homepage of CASP Japan
(http://CASPjp.umin.ac.jp) came up.
issues of CASP JAPAN
1) Misunderstanding of meaning and policy of CASP.
Some people thought that "CASP workshop" is a workshop of
critical appraisal of articles. They thought that they can
use the name of "CASP workshop" when they conduct a
workshop of reading and appraising articles.
When limitation of use of "CASP" was clearly declared, some
people thought that the policy is a sort of exclusion of
Then we clarify our policy of free use of our material for
non-commercial purpose, and limitation of its use. (see
2) Building cascade model in our country.
We are now preparing to establish the CASP cascade model in
our country. When whole system sets up, we will annouce it
on this web.
Key point: Though we will transform methods and materials
of CASP, we do not change purpose and concept of CASP
3) Resource of funding.
We basically do not get any financial support from
government or pharmaceutical companies. We try to keep our
activity on non-commercial basis.
Anyone who is willing to give your expertise and knowledge
to our activity, is really welcome. You will surely reward
your contribution by sharing decisions and experience with
other people during the workshops.
Our activity is non-commercial but it does not mean that
the workshop we support is free of charge.