Survey round-up: May 2017

Survey round-up

A round-up of active surveys submitted by Cochrane contributors, colleagues, and partners seeking input from the Cochrane Community - updated through the month.

Testing the AGREE-REX Tool
General information: Contribute your knowledge to help develop the next generation of practice guideline appraisal
Who is running the survey: The AGREE Collaboration
Who should take the survey: Practice guideline developers, researchers, users
Closing date: Not specified
Links: Background information on the AGREE initiative and Survey for a new appraisal tool

KMunicate: how can we improve standard methods of displaying survival data?
General Information: The standard way to present time-to-event data, such as survival, is with Kaplan-Meier plots. These are formatted by journals and reported in a number of ways, but we find they commonly lack some key information, namely 1) number of participants contributing data at any time and 2) changing uncertainty in survival estimates over time. In this short survey (at most 10 minutes), we present some alternative displays and ask questions about which ones people prefer.
Who is running the study: Researchers at MRC CTU at UCL and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – names and contact details given in the survey.
Who is invited to be involved: Clinicians, journal editors, operations specialists, systematic reviewers, regulators, statisticians and trialists and anyone else with experience of handling or reviewing survival data.
Where and when the results or outcomes will be made available: Results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Closing date: 16-Jun-2017
Links to supporting documents or survey:
Plain Language Summaries project
General Information: This study deals with the authoring of Plain Language Summaries of Cochrane's Systematic Reviews. More precisely, our goal is to investigate the usability of Cochrane guidance on the production of Plain Language Summaries, and to compare it to the usability of Acrolinx, an authoring support tool.
Who is running the study: Alessandra Rossetti (PhD student) and Dr Silvia Rodríguez Vázquez, under the supervision of Dr Sharon O’Brien (Dublin City University, Ireland). This study is being conducted within the framework of the European Project INTERACT (International Network on Crisis Translation), in which Cochrane UK is also involved.
Who is invited to be involved: all Cochrane authors who have experience in producing Plain Language Summaries of Cochrane Systematic Reviews.
Where and when the results or outcomes will be made available: This study is part of a PhD project that is expected to be completed by August 2019. By then, interested participants will be provided with an infographic of the main results. Participants will also have the option to have a more detailed, plain language report on direct request to the researchers.
Closing date:  May 31, 2017.



May 1, 2017