In the first part, the workshop “Understanding, using and grading evidence from diagnostic interventions” aims at introducing the concept of
1. diagnostic studies (as compared to therapeutic studies), including discussing several main diagnostic study designs, the measures of diagnostic test accuracy studies and
2. systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy using the Cochrane Collaborations methodology
Basic course in evidence-based medicine
This course is an introduction for users of systematic reviews, as well as for participants who are considering writing a review themselves and want to get more information about the process.
Participants gain insight into the background of systematic reviews and their role in evidence-based medicine. In addition, they learn to evaluate studies and reviews critically in guided group work.
Content: Hands-on tutorial on The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and Review Manager review production software, and more.
Professor Hywel Williams, Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Skin Group, has been elected a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Williams is Foundation Professor in Dermato-Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, Chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Commissioning Board, and has served as Co-ordinating Editor of the Skin Group since its establishment in 1997.
Cochrane offers its warmest congratulations to Professor Hywel Williams on this achievement, and best wishes for continued success.External link for more information: http://www.acmedsci.ac.uk/fellows/fellowship-news/new-f... Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: email@example.com
RevMan 5.3 beta is available to download now for both PC and Mac platforms. This is intended to allow a broad user base to test and evaluate the next version of the RevMan software. Please note that this download is available for testing purposes only, and for exploring the latest version’s new features.External link for more information: http://tech.cochrane.org/news/revman-53-beta-now-live Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Tom Cracknell Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cochrane Training is drafting a new Training Strategy to plan organisational training activities over the next three years. Your assistance is needed to help identify those activities that will provide the greatest benefit to Cochrane contributors.
The formal consultation period is 26 May to 13 June 2014 (three weeks), and full details of the consultation are available on the Cochrane Training website. You can provide your feedback in a number of ways:External link for more information: http://training.cochrane.org/about/strategy Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Miranda Cumpston Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Orlowitz is an experienced Wikipedia editor and administrator, and a member of the Wiki Project Med Foundation board. He has been working with Cochrane contributors for more than a year on taking forward a working partnership between Cochrane and Wikipedia. In this blog post, he looks at the latest developments in this collaborative venture.
Cross-posted, with permission, from the Wikimedia Foundation Global Blog
Toby Lasserson has been a Senior Editor at the Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU) since 2010. In this blog post he reflects on the challenges of communicating statistical results and summarises a number of resources that might help authors report their findings in comprehensible and useful ways.