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posted on: 22 Jul 2011 - 18:57
What if there is no clear evidence one way or the other of the intervention under review?
I would like to run past Consumers a problem I have had with comments that have turned up on the Internet that have been taken out of context. I personally have never put anything on the net. Also I have never seen the following subject raised in discussion in Consumer circles when review results are not clear-cut. read more
posted on: 22 Jul 2011 - 18:38
How Well Do Meta-Analyses Disclose Conflicts of Interests in Underlying Research Studies
A recent study published in JAMA reviewed 29 meta-analyses from high impact journals and found that conflicts of interests in the studies underlying the meta-analyses were rarely disclosed. The 29 meta-analyses included 11 from general medicine journals; 15 from specialty medicine journals, and three from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The 29 meta-analyses reviewed an... read more
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posted on: 22 Jun 2011 - 22:42
Article about Cochrane contributors published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine
Claire Allen and Kiley Richmond recently (March 2011) published an article in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine about contributors to Cochrane Review Groups. The abstract is as follows: read more
posted on: 6 Jun 2011 - 19:55
Topic list for Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field related reviews on Cochrane.org
The Cochrane Complementary Medicine (CAM) Field published a paper in the Mar/Apr 2011 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, describing the development and classification of an operational definition of CAM for The Cochrane Collaboration (i.e. a CAM Field “topics list”). read more
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posted on: 6 Jun 2011 - 19:25
What about the outcomes? A consumer point of view.
I have to admit that I have always had problems with outcomes. Death is sometimes listed as a primary outcome, sometimes a secondary outcome; quality of life wanders likewise between the two, as does pain and days in hospital.   read more

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