The world must learn from pandemic lessons to avoid future catastrophes. Millions of lives could be saved through increased use of evidence.
Hundreds of health leaders and experts meet today to recommend the international community urgently mount stronger evidence-based responses to global health emergencies.Led byCochrane, co-sponsored by theWorld Health Organization (WHO), and co-organized with partners ofCOVID-END (COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making),Cochrane Convenesbrings together leaders in health care and evidence synthesis to discuss the global healthcare challenges created by COVID-19.COVID-19 created a once-in-a-generation focus on health evidence for governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations as well as many types of...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane launches new focus on diversity and inclusion
Cochrane wants to welcome people, no matter who they are or where they live. The more varied perspectives we have, the better we can provide evidence to help inform health and healthcare decisions. We have contributors, supporters and members from all over the world, but we know very little about our community and what is important to you. This is an opportunity to learn from our community and hear your ideas about how Cochrane can become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We ’ve launched a survey and are also running small online meetings. You can take part by:completing the short survey here now.&...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Author Q & A: Ketamine as a treatment for depression
In this interview with Doctoral Researcher Rebecca Dean and Professor Andrea Cipriani we learn more about two reviews investigating the use of ketamine as a treatment for depression recently published through Cochrane ’s Common Mental Disorders Group.Tell us about this Cochrane ReviewThis review is an update of a Cochrane review published in 2015, investigating the use of ketamine and other glutamate receptor modulators as a treatment for unipolar depression (also known as major depressive disorder).Since 2015, a lot of research has been published in this area and the FDA has recently licensed esketamine (Spravato) f...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Cochrane UK seeks Public Health Consultant, Oxford UK
Cochrane UK is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, public health consultant with an interest in evidence-based practice to work with us one day per week. You should be on the GMC/GDC Specialist Register or the UK Public Health (Specialist) Register and be an accredited educational supervisor for public health trainees. The role can be offered as a secondment from your current employer or on a consultancy contract.   You will join the small friendly team at Cochrane UK, supporting the global work of Cochrane and maximizing the use and impact of Cochrane Reviews for the UK and Ireland. You will provide expert public...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 5, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

NICE seeks Technical Analyst - Manchester, UK
Job Type: Fixed term (12 months),  Full timeSpecialty/Function: Technical AnalystEmployer:  National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceDepartment: Centre for GuidelinesLocation: Manchester, UKSalary: £40,057 - £45,839 per annumClosing Date:17/10/2021The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.We are looking for aTechnical Analyst to support the organisation through a period of dynamic transformat...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Celebrating the UN International Day of Older Persons 2021
Cochrane Global Ageing: “Let's build an evidence-based world for all ages. ”The UN International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), this year October 1, 2021, is a special date that marks the United Nations (UN) recognition of the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century. A day when we can celebrate increases in life expectancy and raise awareness of the need for action to ensure good health in older ages. The year 2021 also marks the beginning of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing, which is an unprecedented opportunity to foster healthy ageing and to promote the health, wellbeing, and quali...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Featured review: Colchicine for Covid
Is colchicine an effective treatment for people with COVID-19?Colchicine was debated to be a potential treatment option for COVID-19, hoping that the medication ’s anti-inflammatory properties could prevent or reduce a dysregulated immune response.Although there are completed studies without publication and diverse ongoing studies that could change our findings, the current evidence taken from 3 studies is moderate that colchicine makes no difference for people with moderate to severe disease. The safety of the medication remained unclear- given the restricted dosage range and the inconsistent reporting of (serious) ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

NICE seeks Research associate - Manchester, UK
Job Type: Fixed term (12 months),   Full timeSpecialty/Function: Research associate – Strategic EngagementEmployer:  National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceDepartment: Centre for GuidelinesLocation: Manchester, UKSalary:£54,764 - £63,862 per annumClosing Date:  06/10/2021The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.They are looking for a skilledResearch Associate – Strategic Engagement to support the ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 29, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane Convenes: interview with John Grove
Cochrane Convenes will bring together key thought leaders from around the world to discuss the COVID-19 evidence response and develop recommendations to help prepare for and respond to future global health emergencies. Cochrane Convenes is co-sponsored by The World Health Organization.In this interview, we talk to Dr. John Grove, Director of Quality Assurance, Norms and Standards at The WHO about Cochrane Convenes.Why do you think it is important to hold Cochrane Convenes now?I think at this point in the pandemic we have a huge amount of experience to take stock of. We have experienced an unprecedented historical even...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 29, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Featured review: Is exercise an effective therapy to treat long ‐lasting low back pain?
In this interview with Jill Hayden we learn how this review, one of Cochrane ’s largest reviews published to date, has led to new ways of working collaboratively and with an increased focus on research integrity. An ongoing update of this review will bring five related Cochrane reviews together into one. You have just completed theCochrane review of Exercise treatment for chronic low back pain. How is this Cochrane review different to others you ’ve worked on?The size of this review made it quite different from other systematic reviews that I have contributed to, with 249 included trials. The review was ch...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 28, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

90,000 records and still counting: Cochrane COVID-19 Study Register production is enabled by machine learning and Cochrane Crowd
The  Cochrane COVID-19 Study Register is a freely-available, continually-updated, annotated reference collection of human primary studies on COVID-19. It launched on April 1, 2020 with 1146 records. After 18 months, the register has grown to nearly 80 times its original size and now includes over 90,000 validated COVID-19 study record s! The register has contributed to 39 published Cochrane reviews and 189 non-Cochrane publications. Making an impactThe  CEOsys evidence ecosystem for COVID-19 research is an association of 20 German university hospitals and partner organizations, whose goal it is to compi...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane Heart seeks Information Specialist (Maternity cover)
UCL Department / Division: Institute of Health InformaticsLocation of position:LondonGrade:7Hours:Job ShareHours per week (%FTE): 29.2 hours per week (80%FTE)Salary(inclusive of London allowance): £36,770 - £44,388 per annumSalary pro-rata for part time vacanciesDuties and ResponsibilitiesThe Institute of Health Informatics (IHI) was established in August 2014 as part of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences (FPHS) within the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS).At the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, we work to develop and evaluate data collecting systems and utilise the data produced. Centra...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Resource prioritization in the COVID-19 pandemic era: Special Collection and Editorial
Cochrane LibrarySpecial Collections provide a round-up of up-to-date Cochrane evidence on a specific topic.  This Special Collection  provides examples of resource-intense interventions for which there is high or moderate certainty evidence that they confer clinically small or no effects, and for which there is some evidence of harm to patients.The reviews included in this special Collection are particularly relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, and should inform guideline, and policy developers, and decision makers planning health care, both during and after the pandemic. It was developed in collaboration with Coch...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane Convenes Plenary Session: register now!
Join world leaders of evidence synthesis to learn lessons from COVID-19 and shape responses to future health emergencies.  Cochrane Convenes is an online event hosted by Cochrane, sponsored by WHO, and co-organised with COVID-END (COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making).Drawing on experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural Cochrane Convenes will bring together leaders from across the world to explore and then recommend the changes needed in evidence synthesis to better prepare for and respond to future global health emergencies.  An international Advi...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Ivermectin: Cochrane ’s most talked about review so far, ever. Why?
In this author interview with Stephanie Weibel and Maria Popp, we find out more about their Cochrane review, Ivermectin for treating and preventing COVID-19. The review currently has an Altmetric Attention Score of more than 7000, which makes it the most talked-about review in the history of the Cochrane Library.Briefly, what is Ivermectin?Ivermectin is a medicine used to kill parasites, such as intestinal worms (helminths) in animals or scabies in humans. It is inexpensive and it is widely used in regions of the world where parasitic infestations are common, such as in parts of Asia and South America. Ivermectin has few u...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Cochrane Convenes: interview with John Lavis
Cochrane Convenes will bring together key thought leaders from around the world to discuss the COVID-19 evidence response and develop recommendations to help prepare for and respond to future global health emergencies.In this interview, we talk to John Lavis, a member of the Cochrane Convenes steering group, about what he hopes will comeout of the event.Why do you think reflection/an event of this type is important right now?COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-generation focus on evidence among governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations, many types of professionals, and citizens. Their decisions have shaped th...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 10, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Cochrane Library Editorial - Anticholinergic drugs and dementia: time for transparency in the face of uncertainty
 Would you choose a treatment option that might increase your risk of developing dementia?Anticholinergic drugs (which contract smooth muscle, reduce heart rate, dilate blood vessels, and increase bodily secretions)  are commonly used in clinical practice for the management of many conditions affecting older adults - for example for urinary incontinence and for treating depression. As a consequence, the cumulative anticholinergic exposure for older people taking medications for multiple health conditions can b e underestimated. The sum of this exposure is called anticholinergic burden (ACB). Some anticholinergic ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 8, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Watch Co-Chair Tracey Howe present at launch of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Platform
What do we need to know to improve the lives of older people, their families, and their communities? Through an interactive and engaging discussion, this online event highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing across sectors, disciplines, and regions to work together to foster healthy ageing across the globe. The event also launched the United Nations (UN)Decade of Healthy Ageing knowledge exchange Platform: an online, multilingual collaboration space that helps everyone find, share, and produce the knowledge they need to create a world where all people can live long, healthy lives.Co-Chair of Cochrane ’s Govern...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 3, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Co-Chair Tracey Howe to present at launch of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Platform
Register for this eventOnline event in English (repeated in French and Spanish onother dates)7 September 202112:00-13:00 CEST (check time in your time zone)Co-Chair of Cochrane ’s Governing Board and Director of the Cochrane Campbell Global Ageing Partnership Tracey Howe will present at an online event on Tuesday, 7 September, Enabling Knowledge for Healthy Ageing: Launching the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Platform. Tracey will speak at the event about knowledge sharing to foster healthy ageing, in the context of the launch of the online Platform for the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing. Of the event, Tracey said, &l...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 3, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Can non-pharmacological measures prevent or reduce Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infections in long term care facilities?
A recently published Cochrane review explores what measures can be taken in long-term care facilities to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. Can non-medicinal measures prevent or reduce SARS-CoV-2 infections in long term care facilities?Key messagesNon-medicinal measures (e.g. visiting restrictions or regular testing) may prevent SARS-CoV-2 infections (causing COVID-19 disease) in residents and staff in long term care facilities, but we have concerns about the reliability of the findings.More high-quality studies on real-world experiences are needed, in particular.More research is also needed on measures in facilities where m...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane Convenes: interview with Jeremy Grimshaw
Cochrane Convenes will bring together key thought leaders from around the world to discuss the COVID-19 evidence response and develop recommendations to help prepare for and respond to future global health emergencies.In this interview, we talk to Jeremy Grimshaw, a member of the Cochrane Convenes steering group, about what he hopes will comeout of the event.Why do you think it is important to hold Cochrane Convenes now?The COVID-19 pandemic has presented one of the greatest stress tests society has faced in a century. It has been a huge success for research in the way we have rapidly been able to understand the virus, how...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Are laboratory-made, COVID-19-specific monoclonal antibodies an effective treatment for COVID-19?
' SARS ‐CoV‐2‐neutralising monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID‐19'from  Cochrane Haematology  published today in the Cochrane Library. Key messagesWe do not know whether antibodies (the body ’s natural defence against disease) made in a laboratory and all the same as one another (monoclonal) and designed to target COVID-19, are an effective treatment for COVID-19 because we assessed only six studies exploring different treatments in different types of patients.We identified 36 ongoing studies that will provide more evidence when completed.We will update this review regularly as more ev...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 25, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Catherine Marshall re-appointed Co-Chair of the Governing Board
The Governing Board voted unanimously to re-appoint Catherine Marshall for a second term as Co-Chair from September   2021 until September 2023. Catherine will continue to work alongside fellow Co-Chair, Tracey Howe. The Governing Board is responsible for setting Cochrane's strategic direction and overseeing the work of the Chief Executive Officer, Editor in Chief, and Central Executive Team, which leads, coordinates and supports all the operational work across Cochrane Groups to deliver the organization's strategic goals.Outside Cochrane, Catherine is a Health Sector consultant based in New Zealand specialising ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 24, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Featured review: Which treatments are best for symptoms in COVID ‐19 patients at the end of life?
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 24, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Special Collection: Stillbirth prevention and respectful bereavement care
Cochrane Library Special Collections provide a round-up of up-to-date Cochrane evidence on a specific topic.  ThisSpecial Collection has been created to highlight evidence-based interventions to reduce stillbirth and improve care for families after stillbirth and in a subsequent pregnancy,identify women at increased risk of stillbirth, and improve knowledge of causes of and contributors to stillbirth.  Stillbirth is a major public health problem with an enormous global mortality burden and psychosocial impact on women, families, communities, and health systems.  Despite the scale of the problem and potential...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Launching Cochrane methods guidance in Russian
Cochrane is delighted to launch a Russian translation of  MECIR (Methodological Expectations for Cochrane Intervention Reviews) from Cochrane Russia.This is the third translation of Cochrane ’s methods guidance since the launch of version 6 of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (see this Cochrane Editorial for more details about the Handbook’s launch). It is another important milestone in supporting the engagement of people with different native languages in Cochrane Reviews.Access theRussian translation of MECIR.You can also access the translated ve...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Job vacancy: Research Assistant in E-Cigarettes Evidence Synthesis - Oxford, UK
Location: Radcliffe Primary Care Building, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GGPay grade:£29,176 - £32,817 p.a.Start date: Jan 2022Length: Funded for 18 months in the first instanceClosing date:   12.00 midday on 7 Sept 2021Interviews:  week commencing 13 Sept 2021Applications are invited for a research assistant to work as part of a team with  Dr. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and Dr Nicola Lindson  fromCochrane Tobacco Addiction group   on an evidence synthesis project on the impact of e-cig...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Featured review: What are the benefits and risks of beds, mattresses and overlays for preventing and treating pressure ulcers?
Monday, August 16, 2021 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Are corticosteroids given orally or by injection an effective treatment for people with COVID-19?
 Are corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medicines) given orally or by injection an effective treatment for people with COVID-19?Key messagesCorticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medicines) given orally or by injection (systemic) are probably effective treatments for people hospitalised with COVID-19.   The authors don’t know whether they cause unwanted effects. The authorsdon ’t know which systemic corticosteroid is the most effective. They found no evidence about people without symptoms or with mild COVID-19 who were not hospitalised. They found 42 ongoing studies and 16 completed studies that...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 10, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

What can individuals do to avoid the effects of air pollution?
 What can individuals do, especially those with long-term breathing problems, to avoid the effects of air pollution?This recently published Cochrane review explores this question, and we sat down with the lead author of the review to discuss the review findings.  Tell us about this Cochrane review …What did you find out?The main thing that we found out from this review is that we are really lacking evidence on the importance of different interventions to reduce the impact of air pollution on the health of individuals with lung conditions. As well as finding very few studies covering the topic to include in...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 3, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19
In this recently published Cochrane review, authors explored the effects of treating COVID-19 with remdesivir, an antiviral medication.First author Kelly Ansems said " Based on the currently available evidence remdesivir probably has little or no effect on all-cause mortality at up to 28 days in hospitalised adults with SARS-CoV-2 infection. We are uncertain about the effects of remdesivir on clinical improvement and worsening. "Key messagesFor adults hospitalised with COVID-19, remdesivir probably has little or no effect on deaths from any cause up to 28 days after treatment compared with placebo (sham treatment...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 3, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Deadline extended: the 2021 Cochrane-REWARD prize for reducing waste in research
 Extended deadline for submissions: 11 OctoberNominations are open for the2021 Cochrane-REWARD prize, which recognizes initiatives that have potential to reduce research waste.  An estimated $170 billion of research funding is wasted each year because its outcomes cannot be used [1]. The waste occurs during 5 stages of research production: question selection, study design, research conduct, publication, and reporting [2,3]. Much of this waste appears to be avoidable or remediable, but there are few proposed solutions.  The Cochrane-REWARD prize was established in 2017 to stimulate and promote research in thi...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Apply now: the 2021 Cochrane-REWARD prize for reducing waste in research
 Deadline for submissions: 24 SeptemberNominations are open for the2021 Cochrane-REWARD prize, which recognizes initiatives that have potential to reduce research waste.  An estimated $170 billion of research funding is wasted each year because its outcomes cannot be used [1]. The waste occurs during 5 stages of research production: question selection, study design, research conduct, publication, and reporting [2,3]. Much of this waste appears to be avoidable or remediable, but there are few proposed solutions.  The Cochrane-REWARD prize was established in 2017 to stimulate and promote research in this area....
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Tackling methodological challenges in public health reviews
TheCochrane Methods team has defined a programme of work to improve the quality and impact of Cochrane reviews in public health with the support of theMethods Executive,Methods Groups andPublic Health and Health Systems Network. The programme has been designed to foster collaboration between Methods Groups and Cochrane Review Group (CRG) Networks and to support the ongoing response to COVID-19. It focuses on producing high-priority public health reviews and delivering user-friendly resources to improve the planning, conduct and reporting of methods within them.Why focus on public health? Public health reviews, especially t...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 27, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day on 20 October: the role of evidence in an infodemic
World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day will take place again this year on 20 October –learn more on the websiteWorld Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day is held on 20 October each year. It is a global initiative that raises awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally. It is an opportunity to participate in debate about global trends and challenges, but also to celebrate the impact of individuals and organisations worldwide, recognising the work of dedicated researchers, policymakers, health professionals, and consumers ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Launch of World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day 2021: the role of evidence in an infodemic
World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day will take place again this year on 20 October –learn more on the websiteOn World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day, seven leaders in evidence-based healthcare spotlight the global impact of evidence on healthcare research, policy, practice and health outcomes.Today JBI, Cochrane, Campbell Collaboration, GIN, the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care and NICElaunch the World EBHC Day 2021 campaign, ‘the role of evidence in an infodemic’. The 2021 campaign supports the infodemic management efforts of the World Health Or...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Cochrane Skin seeks Research Fellow - Leicester, UK
Location: De Montfort University - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Leicester, UKSalary: Part-time, 0.3 FTE, 11.1 hours per weekContract type: 13 month fixed Term ContractCloses: 8 AugustThe purpose of the role is to assist the principal investigator in all phases of the NIHR-funded study:  ‘Cochrane Review of Interventions for Hyperhidrosis’. Key duties will include searching and selection of studies, data extraction, assessment of risk of bias, and data analysis and interpretation. You will also contribute to study outputs.They are looking for someone with a PhD in Bioscience or Healthcare relat...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Featured review: Compression bandages or stockings versus no compression for treating venous leg ulcers
Monday, July 26, 2021 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Expectations for RoB 2 revisited in light of comparison study
The existingexpectations for RoB 2 that were set out in November 2020 have been revisited and kept in place after results of a Cochrane-funded study were released. The study was initiated to underpin methods policy and implementation plans with data about the usability of RoB 2 compared with the study-based Cochrane risk of bias tool for RCTs, and its impact on efficiency and review quality. The work was led by Bernd Richter and Bianca Hemmingsen from theCochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group and looked at inter-reliability across domains, time-taken to perform assessments, usability issues, and consequences for ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID-19
This study reported results for development of COVID-19 symptoms (but not confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection) and unwanted events, but in a way that we could not include in our analyses. This study did not look at hospital admissions.Main results explainedMain authors of the review, Maria Popp and Stephanie Weibel said: “The lack of good quality evidence on efficacy and safety of ivermectin arises from a study pool that consists mainly of small, insufficiently powered RCTs with overall limited quality regarding study design, conduct, and reporting. Current evidence does not support using ivermectin for treating o r preve...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Cochrane review informs WHO drowning prevention guideline
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued anew recommendations which is supported by evidence from a Cochrane Public Health review.  From this year on, 25 July marks the new UN-recognised "World Drowning Prevention Day" . This global advocacy event serves as an opportunity to highlight the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities and offer life-saving solutions to prevent it.On World Drowning Prevention Day 2021, the World Health Organization launched itsguideline on the provision of day-care and basic swimming and water safety skills training to prevent drowning. Cochrane...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Four new WHO recommendations supported by Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth reviews and ‘living guideline’ approach
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued four new recommendations which are supported by evidence fromCochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth reviews.Cochrane has been a non-governmental organization in official relations with WHO since 2011, and a major aspect of this partnership is supporting WHO ’s global health guidelines with relevant evidence synthesis.The Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group has a long-standing collaboration with WHO on the development and updating of Cochrane reviews that inform WHO ’s guidelines on global maternal and perinatal health.This relationship has led to the development of ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Author interview: Diagnostic test accuracy of telehealth assessment for dementia and mild cognitive impairment
In this study, 71% of participants who had MCI were correctly identified using telehealth assessment, as were 97% of those who had any cognitive diagnosis (either MCI or dementia), but only 22% of those who had no cognitive diagnosis at face-to-face assessment. However, the latter result was especially uncertain because there were so few patients in this category. It is important to note that diagnoses of dementia and MCI made by two specialists seeing patients face-to-face will not show 100% agreement. Therefore, perfect agreement between telehealth and face-to-face assessments cannot be expected. The larger Australi...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Featured review: Non ‐pharmacological interventions for preventing delirium in hospitalised non‐ICU patients
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Provide feedback to help plan the Cochrane Convenes programme
Have your say on the Cochrane Convenes programme by filling in a short  questionnaireCochrane Convenes is an online event hosted by Cochrane and co-organized with the World Health Organization and the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision making (COVID-END) in October 2021. Drawing on experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural Cochrane Convenes will bring together leaders across the world to explore and then recommend the changes needed in evidence synthesis to prepare for and respond to future global health emergencies. It will also engage a larger global commu...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Get up, stand up: new review looks at reducing sedentary behaviour in older adults
The ABC ’s recent documentary series Old people ’s home for 4 year olds surprised many by becoming a runaway ratings success. It attracted more viewers than Masterchef and took out an international Emmy Award to boot. It’s the first time the lives of lonely older Australians struggling with isolation, health and mental health issues have been the subject of so much public interest and attention. For Cochrane author Dr Paul Gardiner, this represents a welcome development.‘One of the great public health successes of the twentieth century was increasing people’s life...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 8, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Launch of Cochrane Cameroon celebrated
The launch of Cochrane Cameroon was officially celebrated on 30 June from its base at theH ôpital Central de Yaoundé.At the launch Cochrane Cameroon highlighted its commitment to promoting evidence-based healthcare policy and practice; translation of research to policy and practice; advocating for evidence to promote access and equity to healthcare; effective collaboration, and, strengthening capacity for conducting and using systematic reviews." Cochrane Cameroon will play an important role in developing a critical mass of those who understand the role of evidence in improving healthcare, " sai...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane ’s Editor in Chief, Karla Soares-Weiser, introduces Cochrane Convenes
Preparing for and responding to global health emergencies: what have we learnt from COVID-19?In this interview, Dr Karla Soares-Weiser introducesCochrane Convenes, a virtual event that Cochrane is organizing from 5-8 October 2021. Cochrane Convenes will bring together key thought leaders from around the world to discuss the COVID-19 evidence response and develop recommendations to help prepare for and respond to future global health emergencies.  Tell us about Cochrane Convenes.Cochrane is co-organizing this event with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision making (CO...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Featured review: How well does botulinum toxin (type A; often called ‘Botox’) treat wrinkles on the face?
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Communicating to the public about vaccines and using digital strategies to promote vaccine uptake: information for planners and implementers
Based on evidence from systematic reviews, Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) has prepared three information leaflets for health systems planners and implementers involved in developing vaccine communication strategies. The leaflets are underpinned by systematic reviews from Cochrane and other sources and include this qualitative evidence synthesis:Healthcare worker's perceptions and experiences of communicating with people over 50 years of age about vaccination, which published today in the Cochrane Library.The reviews underlying these leaflets include studies carried out prior to the COVID-19 pan...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news