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posted on: 22 Jul 2011 - 19:22
Does Cochrane have a plan for consumer participation?
As part of its funding for a consumer co-ordinator, The Cochrane Collaboration requested that CCNet design a plan for consumer participation in Cochrane Reviews. The Collaboration and CCNet hired consultants who interviewed consumers, editors and authors to identify any gaps in the current process and to determine the best solutions to support consumers within Cochrane.    read more
posted on: 22 Jul 2011 - 19:02
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
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

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