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  • Join TaskExchange if you’d like to help on a systematic review
    Keen to get experience with systematic reviews, but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you’re already experienced, and want to help out? Can you help with translation work? 
    TaskExchange is an online platform that connects people needing help with their systematic review with people who have the time and skills to help. A variety of tasks...
    27 May 2020
  • 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...
    26 May 2020
  • The Cochrane Training team is excited to share an overview of its online learning offerings Recognizing 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...
    25 May 2020
  •  Cochrane Library Special Collection: Diagnosing skin cancer
    This Special Collection of Cochrane Systematic Reviews brings together a large body of research on the accuracy of tests used to diagnose skin cancer. The collection of eleven diagnostic and screening   test accuracy reviews  was led by Dr Jac Dinnes at the University of Birmingham and supported by the Cochrane Skin Group and a team of over 30...
    25 May 2020
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    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...
    22 May 2020
  • COVID-19
    Cochrane today announces its COVID-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...
    21 May 2020
  • A study published in BMJ Open this month, concludes “the percentage of recent Cochrane meta-analyses on the effects of drug interventions that transparently reported funding sources and trial author–industry financial ties and employment for included trials far exceeds reporting in other journals.” Transparency of funding sources is particularly...
    20 May 2020
  • 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...
    20 May 2020
  • Fast-Tracked Update
    Cochrane fast-tracked multiple updates to a Cochrane Review on personal protective equipment for healthcare workers: 'Personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases due to exposure to contaminated body fluids in healthcare staff.' We know that basic science research and innovation will be vital in containing and mitigating...
    19 May 2020
  • Cochrane has submitted a statement to the 73rd 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...
    18 May 2020
  • Special Collection - Coronavirus (COVID-19): optimizing health in the home workspace
    Coronavirus (COVID-19): optimizing health in the home workspace To 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...
    15 May 2020
  • 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...
    15 May 2020
  • The Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Howe as Co-Chair and Karen Kelly as a new member Governing Board Co-Chair: Tracey Howe Cochrane’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...
    14 May 2020
  • Cochrane Oral Health
    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 an overview  of internationally produced guidance for re-opening...
    11 May 2020
  • Cochrane health evidence in different languages
    Only about 6% of the world’s population are native English speakers, and 75% of people don’t speak English at all. Many people do not have access to high quality health information, because it is not available in a language that they understand. We translate Cochrane evidence to make it more accessible, and to reduce the linguistic barrier to...
    11 May 2020
  • Patient looking at tablet where they are being treated via telehealth consult
    Cochrane has released a  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Collection: remote care through telehealth Telehealth refers to the provision of personalized health care over a distance. It embraces synchronous and asynchronous interactions including consulting by phone, instant messaging, video, text message, or web-based services. Telehealth consists of...
    6 May 2020
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    Dear Community colleagues, With the deepest disappointment and regret I have to inform you that as a result of the continued spread and impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the world, Cochrane’s 27th Colloquium in Toronto, Canada, between 4th-7th October this year has been cancelled. Cochrane’s Governing Board has concluded, with the...
    4 May 2020
  • How effective is quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control coronavirus (COVID-19)?
    Cochrane has published a new Rapid Review assessing the effectiveness of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The review summarizes evidence available from modelling studies that show how quarantining affects the spread of COVID-19. The studies included in the review consistently conclude that quarantine can play a role in...
    1 May 2020
  • Cochrane Podcasts
    Cochrane podcasts deliver the latest Cochrane evidence in an easy to access audio format, allowing you to stay up to date on newly published reviews wherever you are. Each Cochrane podcast offers a short summary of a recent Cochrane review from the authors themselves. They have been recorded in 33 languages and are brief, allowing everyone from...
    30 April 2020
  • Hand cleaning with ash for reducing the spread of viral and bacterial infections: a rapid review
    This new review is one of a series of rapid reviews that Cochrane contributors have prepared to inform the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Some infectious diseases are spread by airborne droplets from coughs and sneezes, which can infect people who touch contaminated skin or surfaces. Washing hands with soap and water may prevent these diseases from...
    28 April 2020

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