Successful applications for the Cochrane Review Support Programme 2019 

We are pleased to announce the 15 successful titles from the fifth Cochrane Review Support Programme (CRSP) funding round.

  1. Efficacy and safety of rapid tests to guide antibiotic prescriptions for sore throat (Acute Respiratory Infections Group)
  2. Prevention of suicide and self-harm in education settings (Common Mental Disorders Group)
  3. Sentinel node biopsy for diagnosis of lymph node involvement in endometrial cancer (Gynaecological, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancer Group)
  4. Laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis (Gynaecology and Fertility Group)
  5. Multiple drug combinations of bortezomib, lenalidomide, and thalidomide for first-line treatment in transplant-ineligible multiple myeloma patients: a Cochrane rapid review and network meta-analysis (Haematological Malignancies Group)
  6. External electrical and pharmacological cardioversion for atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter or atrial tachycardias: a network meta-analysis (Heart Group)
  7. Withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs in older people (Hypertension Group)
  8. Single or combined immune checkpoint inhibitors compared to first-line chemotherapy with or without bevacizumab for people with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (Lung Cancer Group)
  9. Probiotics for prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants (Neonatal Group)
  10. Taxation of unprocessed sugar or sugar-added foods for preventing obesity or other adverse health outcomes (Public Health Group)
  11. Taxation of the fat content of foods for reducing their consumption and preventing obesity or other adverse health outcomes (Public Health Group)
  12. Topical treatments for eczema: a network meta-analysis (Skin Group)
  13. Thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke & Thrombolysis (different doses, routes of administration and agents) for acute ischaemic stroke (Stroke Group)
  14. Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation (Tobacco Addiction Group)
  15. Interventions to improve return to work in depressed people (Work Group)

We received 26 applications (27 reviews) from 17 groups.  To evaluate the applications we convened an international assessment panel comprised of nine Cochrane contributors and consumers of Cochrane reviews, who generously shared their time and expertise:

Sue Brennan, Cochrane Australia, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Ndi Euphrasia Ebai-Atuh, Cameroon Consumer Service Organisation, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Dr Urbà González, Unit of Dermatology, CLĺNICA GO&FER, Barcelona, Spain

Prof Ashraf F Nabhan, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Dr Mbah P Okwen, Centre for the Development of Best Practices in Health, Yaoundé Central Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Lindsey Ouellette, Emergency Medicine Department, MSU College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids, USA.

Marianna Purgato, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedical and Movement Sciences, Section of Psychiatry, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Dr May Loong Tan, Department of Paediatrics, RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (formerly Penang Medical College), Penang, Malaysia

Dr Sera Tort, Cochrane Editorial & Methods Department, London, UK 

Dr Ronaldo Zonta, Secretary of Health of Florianópolis, Florianópolis, Brazil Dr Ronaldo Zonta, Secretary of Health of Florianópolis, Florianópolis, Brazil

Successful applications for the Cochrane Review Group Networks Innovation Fund 2019

The Cochrane Review Group (CRG) Networks Innovation Fund aims to support review production and/or editorial procedures that lead to harmonization of processes and improvements in content or quality across the CRG Networks and the Cochrane Library.

We received 10 applications from across the CRG Networks community and the applications were assessed by an external Committee consisting of Gert van Valkenhoef (Cochrane CET, ITS), Jimmy Volmink and Paul Garner (Editorial Board), Joanne McKenzie and Miranda Langendam (Methods Executive), using a pre-defined evaluation criterion.

The top five applications as judged by the Committee will be funded and they showcase a variety of innovative solutions to improve processes within Cochrane as well as quality and content of Cochrane Reviews.

Project Lead CRG Network Project team Project proposal
Obesity Gap Analysis & Prioritisation Abdomen and Endocrine Network Cindy Farquhar, Lisa Bero, Bernd Richter, Luke Wolfenden, Celeste Naude, Solange Durao, Liz Bickerdike, Rachel Richardson, Lee Yee Chong Application
Using Microsoft Academic Graph and automation tools to establish and maintain new CRG Specialised Registers of Economic Evaluations Children and Families Network Luke Vale, James Thomas, Ian Shemilt, 
Lindsey Elstub, Eugenie Johnson, Sheila Wallace
Public health relevance in Cochrane reviews Public Health and Health Systems Network Lisa Bero, Lee Yee Chong, Newton Opiyo, Celeste Naude, Dr Rebecca Ryan, Sophie Hill, Simon Lewin, Paul Garner, Luke Wolfenden, Hilary Thompson, Paul Aveyard, Jos Verbeek Application
Instructions for inclusion and presentation of time-to-event outcomes in Cochrane Intervention Reviews – development of training resources Cancer Network Nicole Skoetz, Elvira van Dalen, Fergus Macbeth, Marius Goldkuhle, Catrin Tudur-Smith, Philip Dahm, Newton Opiyo Application
Optimal methods for the use of ‘pain’ as an outcome in systematic reviews of postoperative pain management Musculoskeletal, Oral, Skin and Sensory (MOSS) Christopher Eccleston, Andrew Moore, Emma Fisher, Neil Oconnell, Nuala Livingstone, Anna Erskine Application