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  • What proportion of Cochrane Reviews are Wiki-compatible?
    The Cochrane-Wikipedia partnership started in 2014 with the aim of improving the evidence base of Wikipedia articles using Cochrane Reviews and other relevant evidence. We are delighted to announce the launch of the Cochrane-Wikipedia Initiative pages on Wikimedia as the go-to place for all Cochrane-Wikipedia projects and related resources. Groups…
    26 May 2016
  • Assessing the current state of systematic reviews
    Cochrane contributor Matthew Page, working with an international team of research colleagues, has recently completed an examination of the current quality and quantity of systematic reviews being published. A report of the study published in the online journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine on 24 May, and Cochrane Senior Editor Toby…
    24 May 2016
  • The Targeted Update Project: an introduction
    Targeted Update team (L to R): Nuala Livingstone, Rachel Churchill, Hanna Bergman, Charlotte Pestridge, Giulia Boselli, Karla Soares-Weiser. (Not pictured: Rachel Marshall).What is the Targeted Update Project? Supported by the Cochrane Steering Group, this pilot project was conducted jointly by the Cochrane Editorial Unit and Cochrane Innovations…
    19 May 2016
  • Nominations requested for the selection panel for the Scientific Committee
    Final call: submissions due Friday 20 May 23:59 BST Cochrane’s Board of Trustees agreed to the setup of a Scientific Committee for the purpose of providing independent authoritative guidance for the methods Cochrane should use in its reviews. A selection panel will identify the first committee members. We seek representation from Co-ordinating…
    16 May 2016
  • The Newton Fund issues call for travel grant proposals
    The British Council's Newton Fund is inviting proposals for Researcher Links Travel Grants for travel between the UK and Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, or Turkey. Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build…
    15 May 2016
  • The secret life of social franchising: the value of empty reviews
    Tracey Perez Koehlmoos is Director of the Health Services Administration Division and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics at the US Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is also a Cochrane Review author, member of the Cochrane Library Oversight Commitee, and contributor to the work of the Campbell and…
    13 May 2016
  • Cochrane Crowd - the next phase of Cochrane Embase
    Today marks a new chapter in the Cochrane Embase project with the launch of the beta version of Cochrane Crowd. The Cochrane Embase project has been a huge success. To date, some 2,414 contributors have screened 304,499 records and identified 22,448 reports of randomized trials, with 99% sensitivity and specificity based on the latest evaluation.…
    12 May 2016
  • Cochrane Crowd is here – become a Cochrane citizen scientist!
    Cochrane Crowd has launched! crowd.cochrane.org   This beta platform will enable anyone to get involved with Cochrane and help identify the evidence we need to make informed healthcare decisions.   The platform, delivered as part of Cochrane’s Project Transform, builds on the hugely successful Embase project where a community of over 2,000…
    11 May 2016
  • Cochrane contributor: Rhoda Redulla
    This Cochrane Blog post highlights the contributions of Professor Rhoda Redulla, a significant contributor to Cochrane Nursing Care. Professor Rhoda Redulla has been an active member of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) for several years and has prepared numerous Cochrane Review Summaries that have been published in many highly regarded…
    9 May 2016
  • There’s an app for that! Cochrane contributor improving business travel
    Susi Wisniewski is former Managing Editor of the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group and Programme Manager for Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group. She remains involved with Cochrane as an author, particularly on Diagnostic Test Accuracy reviews. Since leaving her full-time role within Cochrane, Susi has launched a…
    4 May 2016
  • Limited evidence to support the use of adjudication committees to verify findings of RCTs
    A large meta-analysis of 47 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) totaling 275,078 patients found that, on average, treatment effect estimates for subjective outcome events assessed by onsite assessors and those assessed by adjudication committees were similar. The new article in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is co-authored by Lee…
    2 May 2016
  • Building an effective and sustainable organization through the Strategy to 2020
    It was a pleasure to see and work with many of you at the mid-year business meetings in London from 4-5 April, which were followed by three days of Cochrane Steering Group (CSG) meetings. My impression is that we will look back on those meetings in London as some of the most significant in Cochrane’s history, when the organization’s leaders made…
    29 April 2016
  • Cochrane Reviews: Hard. Important. Fun?
    Through interviews and surveys conducted for Production Models, as part of Project Transform, it is clear that the Cochrane Community cares deeply and passionately about how Cochrane Reviews are produced. We care because we want to see it done well, and we want to see it done better. Tari Turner, from Project Transform, tells us more about  the…
    28 April 2016
  • Free access to Covidence for Cochrane Reviews
    If you have signed into Covidence this week (which we hope many of you have done!), you may have noticed a notification informing users about the introduction of subscription charges for the use of Covidence. We are happy to confirm that all Cochrane Reviews will always be free in Covidence, thanks to Cochrane’s partnership as co-owners of the…
    27 April 2016
  • Coming soon – Membership that opens doors
    Everyone will be able to contribute to Cochrane in exciting new ways! Membership pathways will link newcomer’s skills and interests to activities throughout the organization. Clear access points will enhance user experience and reduce waiting times to get involved. Learn about the work being done around Cochrane Membership and what's next.…
    26 April 2016
  • Using GRADE and the GRADEpro GDT online software in your Cochrane Review
    Cochrane Training presents the next in their Cochrane Learning Live webinar series: Using GRADE and the GRADEpro GDT online software in your Cochrane Review on May 10th, 12:00 UTC. This webinar will be an introduction to how to use GRADE to interpret and assess the certainty / quality of the evidence in a systematic review and how to present the…
    25 April 2016
  • Review of the structure and function of Cochrane Groups
    Please find below some further information relating to the recent Cochrane Steering Group (CSG) decisions on the Cochrane-wide Structure and Function Review prepared by the Central Executive Team, and now made freely available. Cochrane’s existing Group structure (Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs), Centres & Branches, Fields & Networks, and…
    25 April 2016
  • Cochrane contributor: Natalie Bradford
    This Cochrane Blog post highlights the contributions of Natalie Bradford PhD, MPH, BNurs, RN, Queensland Youth Cancer Service, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. The Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) continues to expend the number of summaries produced within its collaboration of international nursing journals and widen its…
    22 April 2016
  • 18th birthday balloons
    Join Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS) on the 21st July to celebrate their 18th anniversary at the Saïd Business School in Oxford, UK. PaPaS was registered as a Cochrane review group in 1998. We are celebrating with an afternoon event of topical presentations and discussions, followed by a drinks reception and evening garden…
    22 April 2016
  • Cochrane Translations: Cochrane Iberoamerica on translating blogshots
    Andrea Cervera is a translator and Communications Manager at Cochrane Iberoamerica. Here she explains her experience of translating and publishing blogshots from Cochrane UK and their impact on social media. This follows the recent blog post from Sarah Chapman, Cochrane UK, on how groups can create blogshots. We at Cochrane Iberoamerica…
    21 April 2016
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