Featured Review: Interventions available during pandemics for heavy menstrual bleeding: an overview of Cochrane reviews
What is the effectiveness and safety of treatments commonly available during pandemics for heavy menstrual bleeding?Cochrane authors summarised the available evidence on the effectiveness and safety of treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding which can continue during pandemics.  Pandemics impact upon the ability to deliver specialist assessment and treatments. Examples of treatments that commonly continue during pandemics include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antifibrinolytics, combined hormonal contraceptives, and progestogen.Key findingsThere is low-certainty evidence that NSAIDs (mefenamic acid) r...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Special Collection - Coronavirus: support for wellbeing in the healthcare workforce
Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for wellbeing in the healthcare workforceMany healthcare workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering emergency and critical care, while others continue to deliver the broader services of the health system in hospitals, clinics, offices, communities, and homes. Working under difficult and stressful circumstances that are likely to continue for some time, exacerbates existing risk factors such as occupational stress and shift work. Supporting the wellbeing of healthcare workers will be crucial to sustaining our health systems during and beyond the current crisis.This Spe...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Special Collection - Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for wellbeing in the healthcare workforce
Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for wellbeing in the healthcare workforceMany healthcare workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering emergency and critical care, while others continue to deliver the broader services of the health system in hospitals, clinics, offices, communities, and homes. Working under difficult and stressful circumstances that are likely to continue for some time, exacerbates existing risk factors such as occupational stress and shift work. Supporting the wellbeing of healthcare workers will be crucial to sustaining our health systems during and beyond the current crisis.This Spe...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

University of Edinburgh seeks - Research Fellow
The Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh is seeking a highly skilled and motivated epidemiologist/research fellow to work in the field of vascular disease, including both the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular diseases and the development of vascular complications of type 2 diabetes. The primary role will be to undertake a series of high quality systematic reviews on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases, including abdominal aortic aneurysm, venous thromboembolism and peripheral arterial disease, within the core programme of work which constitutes the CSO funded research project...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Cochrane Rehabilitation REH-COVER (Rehabilitation – COVID-19 Evidence-based Response) action
In medicine, rehabilitation is a multiprofessional process aimed at enhancing and restoring functional ability and quality of life to people with impairments or disabilities. In the context of the  COVID-19 pandemic, rehabilitation focuses on the sequelae of the disease as well as on the impairment due to treatments applied. COVID-19 patients may develop a myriad of acute medical problems and their treatment often requires invasive procedures: all of which can cause mid- and long-term consequences requiring rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is applied throughout the continuum of care, starting in the acute, mostly i...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Important Cochrane Links
COVID-19 - resources and newsCochrane LibraryCochrane Crowd - citizen scientist platformCochrane TaskExchange - find volunteer tasks that match your expertise  Cochrane Training - online and in-person training experiences  Cochrane HandbookJoin CochraneTuesday, July 14, 2020 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Featured review: Improving access to food in low- and middle-income countries
ConclusionsThis review provides policy makers with a comprehensive evidence base to evaluate the effects of a wide range of community-level interventions to address access to food in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The body of evidence indicates that UCTs can improve food security but the review authors are less sure about the effects of other interventions. Some limitations of the review include not having all necessary information about what outcomes the studies measured, having to make judgements regarding which outcome measures to report and inability to pool the results of all studies reporting on the same o...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Two Cochrane Croatia members receive awards from the city of Split for 2019
Irena Zakarija Grkovi ć, co-director of Cochrane Croatia, and Matko Marušić, head of quality assurance at Cochrane Croatia, both received awards from the city of Split.  The Split City Council, on May 4, 2020, decided that the traditional awards of the city of Split should be given to two members of theCochrane  Croatia. The personal award was given to Irena Zakarija Grkovi ć, co-director of Cochrane Croatia, for selfless commitment and work on the popularization of breastfeeding. A second award was given to Matko Marušić, head of quality assurance at Cochrane Croatia, for the boo...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Two Cohrane Croatia members receive awards from the city of Split for 2019
Irena Zakarija Grkovi ć, co-director of Cochrane Croatia, and Matko Marušić, head of quality assurance at Cochrane Croatia, both received awards from the city of Split.  The Split City Council, on May 4, 2020, decided that the traditional awards of the city of Split should be given to two members of theCochrane  Croatia. The personal award was given to Irena Zakarija Grkovi ć, co-director of Cochrane Croatia, for selfless commitment and work on the popularization of breastfeeding. A second award was given to Matko Marušić, head of quality assurance at Cochrane Croatia, for the boo...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Featured Review: Psychological interventions for psychosis in adolescents
ConclusionsSome psychological interventions may have beneficial effects for selected outcomes but, overall, most results suggest little or no effect. However, all our results were based on data from a very small number of studies with small numbers of participants. We also have concerns with the methods used in these studies. Thus, there is considerable uncertainty about the reliability of these findings. We cannot make firm conclusions based on this evidence. Relevant well ‐conducted randomised controlled trials are needed.Read the full systematic reviewVisit the Cochrane Schizophrenia   websiteWednesday, July 8, 2...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Conflict of Interest Panel – Call for expressions of interest
Cochrane invites expression of interest in joining our Conflict of Interest Panel. This independent panel   will work with Cochrane’s Research Integrity Team to arbitrate on potential breaches of the revisedCochrane Conflict of Interest Policy for Cochrane Library Content and provide general guidance on how the policy should be applied. The panel will be take up it ’s duties when the revised policy is launched in October 2020.The panel will work on a voluntary basis and have a maximum of four persons and will be appointed by the Editor in Chief (EIC) in consultation with the Senior Research Integrity Edito...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Featured Review: Psychological interventions to foster resilience in healthcare professionals
The work of healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses, physicians, psychologists, social workers) can be very stressful. They often carry a lot of responsibility and are required to work under pressure. This can adversely affect their physical and mental health. Interventions to protect them against such stresses are known as resilience interventions. Previous systematic reviews suggest that resilience interventions can help workers cope with stress and protect them against adverse consequences for their physical and mental health.Cochrane review authors asked, “do psychological interventions designed to foster resilienc...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Featured Review: Can symptoms and medical examination accurately diagnose COVID-19 disease?
ConclusionsAll studies were conducted in hospital outpatient settings, so the results are not representative of primary care settings. The results do not apply to children or older adults specifically, and do not clearly differentiate between milder COVID-19 disease and COVID-19 pneumonia.The results suggest that a single symptom or sign included in this review cannot accurately diagnose COVID-19. Doctors base diagnosis on multiple symptoms and signs, but the studies did not reflect this aspect of clinical practice.Further research is needed to investigate combinations of symptoms and signs; symptoms that are likely to be ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane recognizes its first Knowledge Translation mentors and mentees
Cochrane is proud to recognize participants and collaborators from its global community who have been part of its first Knowledge Translation virtual mentoring programme.  Twelve pairs of mentors and mentees took part inthe pilot, coordinated by Cochrane ’s Knowledge Translation (KT) Department, between September 2019 and March 2020,  with theaim of developing skills, as well as passing on expertise, in knowledge translation. We were delighted to receive huge interest in the scheme with 38 members of the Cochrane community applying to be mentees and 25 people from within and outside of Cochrane volunte...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Featured Review: Induction of labour at or beyond 37 weeks ’ gestation
A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks (the gestation period) from the start of the woman's last menstrual period. If a pregnancy lasts too long, a woman and her clinician may wish to stimulate the woman ’s body to begin labour. This is called induction.Babies may be at a greater risk of death, before or shortly after birth, after prolonged gestation. However, induction of labour may also have risks for mothers and their babies, especially if women are not ready to labour.Current tests cannot predict whether babies would be better to stay inside their mother or whether labour should be induced to make the birth happ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Featured Review: Psychological therapies for women who experience intimate partner violence
Interview with Kelsey Hegarty, Professor Family Violence Prevention, The University of Melbourne and The Royal Women's Hospital and lead author of this Cochrane Review.Tell us about this Cochrane review …Domestic violence (physical, emotional, sexual abuse and controlling behaviour by a partner or ex ‐partner) is common worldwide and causes long‐lasting emotional and physical health problems. Psychological therapies (counselling by trained people) may improve women's mental health and enable them to focus on making safety plans, accessing resources for themselves and their children, and ultimately to escape the ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

#MyCochraneStory
Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community.   Our 82,000 members and supporters from more than 130 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information and help inform health decision making. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us.  We want to come together and tell our collective and individual Cochrane stories! To share your #MyCochraneStory please contact   Rachel Klabunde - rklabunde@cochrane.org - with the following:A photo: At your desk, at Cochrane event, something beyond a headshot.Your country of residence:...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane supports Vivli ’s accelerated process for sharing data from COVID-19 trials
Members of Vivli, the Center for Clinical Research Data, have announced their commitment to share their COVID-19 trials through Vivli. Members who have committed to sharing their data on the COVID-19 portal, a dedicated search function within Vivli for COVID-19 include Eli Lilly& Company, Regeneron, Roche, Takeda.  Cochrane haspreviously partnered with Vivli by helping to provide vocabulary for the search platform and has expressed support of these efforts toward sharing COVID-19 data.“Coronavirus is currently the most searched term on the Vivli platform and the new search experience is coupled with an accel...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

New Cochrane review assesses how accurate antibody tests are for detecting COVID-19
Today Cochrane, a global independent organization that reviews evidence from research to inform health decision-making, publishes a review of studies looking at the accuracy of COVID-19 antibody tests.  The review shows that antibody tests could have a useful role in detecting if someone has had COVID-19, but that timing is important. The tests were better at detecting COVID-19 in people two or more weeks after their symptoms started, but we do not know how well they work more than five weeks after symptoms started. We do not know if this is true for people who have milder disease or no symptoms, because the studies i...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

What is the difference between a Cochrane systematic review of interventions and a Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy review?
Cochrane systematic reviews of interventions (intervention reviews) and Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy reviews (DTA reviews) are two types of systematic review.They share the following characteristics:They aim to answer a specific healthcare question to help people make decisions based on up-to-date evidence from research.  They look for all the relevant studies to answer the review question.They appraise the reliability of the studies.They summarize the results to produce a picture of the body of evidence available.  They are systematic because they search for and analyze evidence in a systematic way, accordi...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane announces new 10-year publishing agreement with Wiley
Cochrane is delighted to announce the signing of a new contract with John Wiley& Sons, Ltd. to publish the Cochrane Library for the next 10 years from January 2021. The agreement guarantees major investment into future development of the Library to sustain Cochrane as the world ’s pre-eminent collection of high-quality evidence to inform global healthcare decision making. Cochrane ’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Wilson, warmly welcomed today’s announcement: “The Cochrane Library is central to Cochrane’s mission of producing and making available to the world high-quality, relevant, ac...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Successful 40-hour online training course hosted by Cochrane Sweden
In May 2020,Cochrane Sweden organised a one week, 40-hour online training course attracting 26 doctoral students and Cochraneities from all around the world. This training event was co-organised with the support ofCochrane Nordic,Cochrane Norway,Cochrane Sustainable Health Care and theFaculty of Medicine of Lund University.Morning sessions organised via zoom videolink included lectures and hands-on training on all steps of the systematic review process, from registering the title, defining the research question, discussing on issues around structure and registration of the protocol, searching, assessing the risk of bias, w...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

100th edition of the online Cochrane Journal Club
This month marks the 100th edition ofCochrane Journal Club.Aimed at trainees, researchers, and practitioners, each Journal Club covers a single Cochrane Review of special interest, selected from the new and updated reviews published in theCochrane Library. They highlight practice-changing findings, controversial conclusions, new methodology, evidence-based methods, and reviews from diverse health and social care topicsThe Journal Club resources provide everything you need to present a relevant and interesting paper at your next journal club, or simply to explore a review in more depth on your own.Journal Club is edited by ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 18, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

What are diagnostic test accuracy reviews?
Cochranesystematic reviews can help us to make healthcare decisions based on up-to-date research evidence. They are systematic because they search for and analyse evidence in a systematic way, according to predetermined and published methods.Each systematic review answers a specific healthcare question by gathering all the relevant studies, assessing the reliability of these studies, then summarising their results to produce a summary of all of the available evidence.One type of systematic review is adiagnostic test accuracy (DTA) review. In addition to investigating test accuracy, they ideally also investigate why the res...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Working together to beat COVID-19: Cochrane ’s consumer rapid response group
In April 2020, Cochrane launched theCOVID-19 consumer rapid response group. Currently, nearly 100 people with lived experience related to COVID-19 have joined the group, signing up to offer their time, skills, and experience to get involved with Cochrane ’s work on COVID-19 rapid reviews and accommodate limited timelines. Thus far, 16 consumers have been connected with research teams for 13COVID-19 rapid reviews, either as members of author teams or as peer reviewers. Interested consumers can still become involved in the COVID-19 consumer rapid response group;  find out more and sign up.As the full implicat...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane's 2019 Annual Review
A Message from the Governing Board Co-chairs, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in ChiefWe are delighted to publish Cochrane ’s2019 Annual Review, entitled: ‘Embracing Diversity’. As we celebrate 12 months of achievements and reflect on the global expansion and increasing impact of Cochrane’s work, and the growing diversity of our organization, we acknowledge that there is still more Cochrane can do to embrace and promote diversity in all its for ms. We publish ourAnnual Review at a time when millions of citizens around the world are demonstrating against the continuing racism and discriminati...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane's 2019 Annual Review now available
Find out more about Cochrane ’s key achievements during 2018 and the strides being made on our major Strategy to 2020  initiatives." We exist so that people around the world can use Cochrane evidence to inform their health decision-making; and 2019 saw another substantial increase in the number of people who are doing that. In 2017, 22 million visits were made to Cochrane.org to access our evidence; in 2018 visits rose to 37 million; and in 2019 that figure more than doubled to over 77 million – that’s a 350% increase in only two years! Three-quarters of those users are accessing our eviden...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Wiley Science Talks with Cochrane: Understanding Health Evidence - A COVID-19 Case Study
Cochrane Library Editor in Chief and Deputy Editor in Chief, Karla Soares-Weiser and Toby Lasserson, presented to a large group of international journalists as part of the Wiley Science Talks webinar.This webinar series, supported by the World Federation of Science Journalists and the Association of Health Care Journalists, provides educational webinars for journalists around the world.Karla and Toby ’s presentation, entitled“Understanding Health Evidence—A COVID-19 Case Study” introduced Cochrane, explained what systematic reviews are, and shared what makes Cochrane Systematic Reviews unique. ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Citizen scientists help to expand Cochrane Library ’s trial register to include more nursing and allied health research
TheCochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that publishes each month as part of Cochrane Library. CENTRAL assists Cochrane authors and other systematic reviewers around the world quickly find evidence to determine whether a treatment works.We're pleased to announce that the May issue of CENTRAL on Cochrane Library includes approximately 14,000 references to RCTs identified fromCINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) and published under license with EBSCO. CINAHL is an essential s...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Featured Review: Telephone interventions for managing symptoms in adults with cancer
Telephone interventions for managing symptoms in adults with cancer. This is particularly important at the moment for people with cancer, who have been advised to stay at home due to COVID-19.People with cancer experience a variety of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain caused by their disease and its treatment. These are often managed, day-to-day, by patients or their family members. Poor management of symptoms may lead to other problems, such as difficulties in carrying out everyday tasks, poor sleep, and poor quality of life.Cancer specialists have developed psychological and educational interventions...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Cochrane research group at UTE University of Ecuador receives the " General Rumi ñahui " award for its work related to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Cochrane research group at the UTE University of Ecuador has received the " General Rumi ñahui " award by the Pichincha Provincial Council for its fight against the spread of COVID-19. The collaborating team there, part of Cochrane Iberoamerica has been recognized for their work on epidemiological research at the UTE. This award acknowledges their valuable contribution in modeling the evolution of the pandemic in the province; a fundamental task for taking preventive measures during the country's health emergency. On May 24th, a virtual event was held at the UTE to celebrate the award. Cochrane and Coc...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

The Cochrane Centre of the UTE University of Ecuador receives the " General Rumi ñahui " award for its work related to the COVID-19 pandemic
The UTE University of Ecuador has received the " General Rumi ñahui " award by the Pichincha Provincial Council for its fight against the spread of COVID-19. The Cochrane Centre's collaborating team has been recognized for their work on epidemiological research at the UTE. This award acknowledges their valuable contribution in modeling the evolution of the pandemic in the province; a fundamental task for taking preventive measures during the country's health emergency. On May 24th, a virtual event was held at the UTE to celebrate the award. Cochrane and Cochrane Iberoamerica would like to congratulate our ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Reduction in saturated fat intake for cardiovascular disease
 Health guidance suggests that reducing the amount of saturated fat we eat, by cutting down on animal fats, is good for our health.In the process of updating this review the authors wanted to know whether following this advice leads to a reduced risk of dying or getting cardiovascular disease (heart disease or stroke). They assessed the effect of replacing animal fats and hard vegetable fats with plant oils, unsaturated spreads or starchy foods, for at least two years, on health outcomes including dying, heart disease and stroke. They only looked at studies of adults (18 years or older). They included men and women wi...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Animating COVID-19 Evidence: an interview with stop motion animator, Beth Adams
Interview with the artist who created a stop motion animation of the Cochrane review' Protective clothes and equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers to prevent coronavirus and other highly infectious diseases'.Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back. UK animator, Beth Adams, uses this technique and paper drawings and cut outs to make short films. She recently created a video about Cochrane PPE evidence and sp...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane offers an array of online learning opportunities for the stay-at-home era
The Cochrane Training team is excited to share an overview of its online learning offeringsRecognizing that many people are abiding by recommendations to stay home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and may like to do some learning, the Cochrane Training team has compiled the following opportunities for members of the Cochrane community, as well as teachers, students, and anyone interested in brushing up on their evidence synthesis skills.The Training team has been pleased to hear feedback from several universities using Cochrane ’s online learning materials to support teaching efforts in these times where most in-per...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Free Access to Cochrane ’s COVID-19 pandemic resources guaranteed
All of Cochrane ’s COVID-19 related evidence will continue to be freely available to everyone, everywhere on the Cochrane Library (full text) and at Cochrane.org.Cochrane ’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is providing high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence to inform health decision-making in containing and combating the effects of the virus (for full details see the COVID-19 pages onCochrane.org and theCochrane Library).Since 26th March, Cochrane – with its publishing partner, Wiley – granted everyone in every country of the world, temporary unrestricted access to the...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

More than 10,000 users in its first month: Cochrane's COVID-19 Study Register supports rapid evidence synthesis in the global challenge to combat COVID-19
Less than two months after its launch,Cochrane ’s ‘COVID-19 Study Register’ has become one of the largest, most sophisticated and well-used resources for researchers needing to access and analyze the huge growth in primary studies being conducted on COVID-19. Since 7 April, Cochrane ’s COVID-19 Study Register has attracted more than 10,000 users from around the world, accessing over 44,000 pages. The Register is constantly improving with the ambition of becoming the definitive source of studies on COVID-19.The aim of Cochrane ’s COVID-19 Study Register (accessible at:https://covid-19.cochrane....
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

COVID-19 Rapid Review - Video calls for reducing social isolation and loneliness in older people
New Cochrane Rapid Review -Video calls for reducing social isolation and loneliness in older peopleMany countries have introduced restrictions on people ’s movement to protect them from COVID-19. Visiting older friends and relatives may not possible. Cancalling Grandma with a video call help her feel less lonely and isolated? Can video calls affect symptoms of depression or quality of life?What does the evidence say?COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, so we needed to answer this question quickly.This Rapid Review was done in a short space of time as part of Cochrane ’s organizational effort to meet the need for up-t...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane identifies its priority areas for future COVID-19 work and lists other critical questions for the research community
Cochrane today announces itsCOVID-19 priority areas of work over the next six months to help meet the healthcare evidence needs of policymakers, guideline developers and clinicians; and makes available a list of additional priority questions to help guide the work of other research organizations.Since 18 March, Cochrane has been gathering some of the most important questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic from health researchers, clinicians, policymakers, patients and carers, as well as important external stakeholders including theWorld Health Organization (WHO), the UK National Institute for Health Research&nb...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

New independent study finds Cochrane ’s transparency over reporting financial conflicts of interest is leading the way
This study focus ed on transparency about financial conflicts of interest, however later this year we will be implementing our revised conflict of interest policy, which further strengthens our rules for minimizing conflicts of interest in our own reviews.”Cochrane announces revised COI PolicyBMJ Open: Reporting of drug trial funding sources and author financial conflicts of interest in Cochrane and non-Cochrane meta-analyses: a cross-sectional studyBMJ: Reporting of conflicts of interest from drug trials in Cochrane reviews: cross sectional studyWednesday, May 20, 2020 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 20, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane Centres call for transparency of COVID-19 clinical studies
Representatives of four Cochrane Centres in Europe have signed an open letter to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) initiated by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG).The letter – which Cochrane Austria, Cochrane France, Cochrane Germany and Cochrane Ireland have signed – calls on the EMA to publish clinical study reports on all drugs and vaccines for COVID-19 in full and immediately on the date of marketing authorisation.Clinical study reports (CSRs) are detailed study documents that pharmaceutical companies provide to regulators such as the EMA as part of the drug approval pr...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 20, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Cochrane's Statement to the 73rd World Health Assembly
Cochrane has submitted a statement to the73rd World Health Assembly, which is taking place virtually this week (18 and 19 May).The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is attended by representatives of all Member States. This year ’s WHA focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic.Our statement highlights the value of evidence-informed health policy and, given the large volume of COVID-19-related research underway, calls for Member States to ensure trial transparency and to support evidence synthesis. The full statement is below:The COVID-19 pandemic highlights ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 18, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Special Collection - Coronavirus (COVID-19): optimizing health in the home workspace
Coronavirus (COVID-19): optimizing health in the home workspaceTo help reduce the spread of COVID-19, workers in many countries have changed their usual work habits and are working from home where feasible. Home working often involves prolonged sitting and working at a computer.This Special Collection, developed in collaboration with Cochrane Work, brings together Cochrane Reviews summarizing evidence for maintaining health and wellbeing when working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of interventions related to maintaining physical activity, optimizing the work...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Featured Review: Interventions for improving medication-taking ability and adherence in older adults prescribed multiple medications
Cochrane Review:'Interventions for improving medication ‐taking ability and adherence in older adults prescribed multiple medication 'Older people are often prescribed multiple medications, which can be challenging to manage and may lead to under-use or over-use of medication or medication-taking errors.Review authors asked, “What are the best ways to help older adults who have been prescribed multiple medications to use and take their medications”.The review authors identified 50 studies, with 14,269 participants. Studies tested educational interventions, behavioural interventions, or both, to improve medica...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Interventions for improving medication-taking ability and adherence in older adults prescribed multiple medications
Older people are often prescribed multiple medications, which can be challenging to manage and may lead to under-use or over-use of medication or medication-taking errors.Review authors asked, “What are the best ways to help older adults who have been prescribed multiple medications to use and take their medications”.The review authors identified 50 studies, with 14,269 participants. Studies tested educational interventions, behavioural interventions, or both, to assess   improve medication-taking ability or medication adherence, or both.  All the studies compared the interventions to usual care; and ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

New appointments to Cochrane ’s Governing Board
The Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Howe as Co-Chair and Karen Kelly as a new memberGoverning Board Co-Chair: Tracey HoweCochrane ’s Governing Board has appointed Professor Tracey Howe as its new Co-Chair from 1st September 2020.  She will work alongside fellow Co-Chair Catherine Marshall, and replace Martin Burton, who will be stepping down in August, after serving six years on the Board, three as Co-Chair. Professor Howe is Director of the Cochrane-Campbell Global Ageing Partnership and is based in Glasgow, UK. She was elected as a Governing Board member (Trustee) in July ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Updated Cochrane living review investigates the use of convalescent plasma to treat people with COVID-19
Updated Living Review: Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID ‐19 to treat individuals with COVID‐19People who have recovered from COVID-19 develop natural defences to the disease in their blood (antibodies). Antibodies are found in part of the blood called plasma. Plasma from blood donated from recovered patients, which contains COVID-19 antibodies, can be used to make two preparations. Firstly, convalescent plasma, which is plasma that contains these antibodies. Secondly, hyperimmune immunoglobulin, which is more concentrated, and therefore contains more antibodies.Convalescent plasma and hyperimmune immuno...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Cochrane rapid review investigates the use of convalescent plasma to treat people with COVID-19
Rapid Review: Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID ‐19 to treat individuals with COVID‐19People who have recovered from COVID-19 develop natural defences to the disease in their blood (antibodies). Antibodies are found in part of the blood called plasma. Plasma from blood donated from recovered patients, which contains COVID-19 antibodies, can be used to make two preparations. Firstly, convalescent plasma, which is plasma that contains these antibodies. Secondly, hyperimmune immunoglobulin, which is more concentrated, and therefore contains more antibodies.Convalescent plasma and hyperimmune immunoglobulin ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Cochrane Oral Health presents summary of recommendations for the re-opening dental services
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure or reduction of dental services across the world. Now, attention is focused on planning the re-opening and restructuring of dental services.To support decision making, a group led by Professors Jan Clarkson and Craig Ramsay conducted a rapid review of internationally produced guidance for re-opening dental services.The review group comprised researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions including the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme, NHS Education for Scotland, the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Manchester, andCochrane Oral Health.Professo...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

IDCG seek - Coordinating Group Editor
Location: FlexibleHours: Part Time -   up to two days per monthBackgroundThe vision of Campbell is to bring about positive social change, and to improve the quality of public and private services around the world, by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews of existing social science evidence in education, crime and justice, social welfare, and international development.The International Development Coordinating Group (IDCG) was established as part of Campbell Collaboration in May 2011 to support the production of systematic reviews of social and economic development interventions in low- and middle...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news