Cochrane in the Workplace - Research

Cochrane at Work

Cochrane does not make clinical recommendations, instead it provides unbiased and high-quality health evidence so that health decisions, policies, and clinical guidelines can be informed by the best available evidence. ‘Cochrane in the workplace’ series collects stories about how Cochrane evidence is being used in different workplace settings - by teachers, by guideline makers, and by policy makers.

This collection will look specially at how researchers are using Cochrane evidence.

Giorgio's Story:

Name: PD Dr. Giorgio Treglia
Head of Innovation Service and Health Technology Assessment Unit, General Directorate, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC) and Private Docent (Adjunct Professor), Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne
Location: Bellinzona, Switzerland

"I am head of Innovation Service and Health Technology Assessment Unit at Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale and lecturer at University of Lausanne in Switzerland. I currently use Cochrane reviews for several purposes in my institutions and in particular for health technology assessment (HTA) reports that are very useful for making evidence-based decisions in healthcare.

HTA reports are a systematic evaluation of properties, effects, and/or impacts of health technology. It is a multidisciplinary process to evaluate the medical, social, economic, organizational, and ethical issues of a health intervention or health technology. Hospital-based HTA reports are very useful documents for decision-makers in the hospitals and they should include the best available evidence on a health technology. As head of Innovation Service and Hospital-based HTA Unit, I consider Cochrane reviews very useful for HTA reports because they are internationally recognised as the highest standard documents in evidence-based health care. Cochrane evidence is high-quality and objective, therefore I often cite them on HTA reports on a specific health intervention or technology."


Anna's story:

Name: Anna Kidman
Position:  PhD Candidate, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

"I think what initially drew me to the world of extremely preterm infants was that for every question we answered we opened up five more; this sucked me in! As I became more and more curious and excited about neonatal care I developed an interest in neonatal respiratory care as there were so many unanswered questions. Naturally when thinking about my PhD it had to be something to do with neonatal respiratory care, ideally extubation, but where to go to search what has been studied and where we were going in the neonatal world?  Cochrane! 

Cochrane  has provided a unique support to my PhD journey and as an early career researcher - not only with their clear and concise reports but with their wonderful range of support, learning materials and resources. Currently writing my own systematic analysis, this help is invaluable. 

Cochrane is fast becoming the gold standard for evidence based practice and community collaboration. I can not wait to see where we go and to hopefully contribute to this wealth of knowledge myself one day."


Jack's Story:

Dr. Jack Rivers-Auty
Position:  BBSRC Research Fellow, Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation, The University of Manchester
Location: Ma
nchester, UK

"My name is Dr. Jack Rivers-Auty and I am a scientist at the University of Manchester whose research focus is inflammation. I am a basic biologist, which means I work in a laboratory investigating the fundamental molecular mechanisms of inflammation. Inflammation is important in many diseases including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ageing, arthritis and stroke; so, for me to understand how my research may fit into our current knowledge of these diseases I need to have good background knowledge on a wide range of health topics. For this I always turn to Cochrane reviews, for me, they are an invaluable resource for finding the scientific consensus on our current understanding of diseases and how best to treat them.

In today’s world of miss-information and alternative facts it seems harder than ever to distil out what research is there on a topic and how well it was performed. Cochrane reviews are brilliant. They do this for you and then state in a clear easy to read way, what we know and how sure are we. I really wish Cochrane reviews were a bigger part of day to day discussions."

Ellen's story:

Name: Ellen Koo
Position: Research Coordinator
Location: Toronto, Canada

"I completed my Masters of Science, Physiology at the University of Toronto.  I have over 6 years of experience working in healthcare research, using both qualitative and quantitative analytic skills.  I have worked on everything from helping to conduct systematic reviews to collecting patient data for clinical studies. My passion for improving patient and caregiver experience has always been an important focus in my work.

I was first exposed to Cochrane Reviews in my graduate training.  Reading a Cochrane Review is helpful to get an overview of the all the available research on one research question and it’s so helpful that the quality of that evidence is clearly graded.  Later as a Research Assistant helping with a systematic review, I learned the important processes that goes into developing a systematic review.  In my current role as a research coordinator, I have access to the Cochrane Library at my host institution.  I look to Cochrane Reviews for identifying research gaps for possible grant proposals and for using it in reports to summarize available evidence.  For me, Cochrane Reviews have always been a trusted source of health evidence.”

Cochrane does not make clinical recommendations. ‘Cochrane Evidence in the Workplace' series collects stories about how professionals are  using Cochrane evidence in non-clinical settings. Would you  like to add your story of using Cochrane evidence? Please contact to share your story. 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019