The Cochrane Library App

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library App presents the latest up-to-date evidence from the Cochrane Library in a convenient, easy to navigate format which provides you with relevant, accessible research, when you need it, from the world’s leading experts in evidence-informed health care.

All content in the app is free and new issues will download regularly.

Our monthly issues feature a hand-picked selection of Cochrane Systematic Reviews, specifically chosen by the Editor-in-chief.  Abridged Cochrane Reviews provide the best possible tablet and phone reading experience and they are downloadable for reading offline. The Bookmark feature allows you to create your own special collection of Cochrane Reviews across issues. Additionally, the title page for every review includes a link to the full version of the review available on the Cochrane Library.

December front cover of the Cochrane Library App

This month’s edition includes Cochrane Reviews relevant to COVID-19, including routine laboratory testing to determine if someone has COVID-19, thoracic imaging tests for diagnosing COVID-19, and supporting resilience and mental health in frontline health and social care professionals responding to a disease outbreak or a pandemic. Other various topics in this issue include cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety in children, preventing dental decay in children and adolescents’ permanent teeth, interventions for basal cell carcinoma, therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea, pre- and postsurgical medical therapy for endometriosis surgery, treatment of postpartum haemorrhage, prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes mellitus in people at risk, and peripheral nerve blocks for hip fractures.

Our main review this month is 'Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses'. Viral epidemics or pandemics of acute respiratory infections (ARIs) pose a global threat. Examples are influenza (H1N1) caused by the H1N1pdm09 virus in 2009, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) caused by SARS‐CoV‐2 in 2019. Antiviral drugs and vaccines may be insufficient to prevent their spread. Authors from the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group assessed the effectiveness of physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of acute respiratory viruses.

Friday, December 18, 2020