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Join us for the August #cochraneauthor Twitter chat - Wed 20 Aug

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 18/08/2014 - 13:14

Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? If so, join us for this month's #cochraneauthor Twitter chat! For our August chat, we'll be discussing one of the topic's suggested in last month's brainstorming session.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Nancy Owens Email address:  nowens@cochrane.org

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Latest results from 2014 elections to the Cochrane Steering Group

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 12:04

Nine positions on the Cochrane Steering Group (CSG), including one Co-Chair, are eligible for election in 2014. As of August 2014, results are available for seven of the nine positions, with two elections still pending.

Completed elections

Representing Fields: Denise Thomson (Canada) – re-elected for a second term from September 2014 – September 2017.

Representing Managing Editors: Karin Dearness (Canada) – elected for her first term from September 2014 – September 2017.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.org/community/organisation-administ... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Claire Allen Email address:  callen@cochrane.org

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Cochrane announces support of new donor

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 11:30

Cochrane is delighted to announce the support of a new donor – Good Ventures, a US-based philanthropic foundation.  In a statement published on its website on 29 July, Good Ventures announced the award of a $300,000 grant for general support purposes ($100,000 a year over three years), citing Cochrane’s work as an important resource in evaluating the work of evidence-backed charities which serve disadvantaged populations worldwide.

External link for more information:  http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/cochra... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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A new Cochrane leader emerges in African health care

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 08:22

Dr Lawrence Mbuagbaw has been announced as the 2014 winner of the prestigious Aubrey Sheiham Evidence-based Health Care in Africa Leadership Award.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.org/about-us/awards-scholarships-fu... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  pressoffice@cochrane.org

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2013 Impact Factor released for Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 02:59

The 2013 Journal Citation Report (JCR) has been released by Thomson ISI and effective July 2014 the impact factor for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is 5.939. This is an increase on the 2012 impact factor, which was 5.785.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Gavin Stewart Email address:  gstewart@wiley.com

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Cochrane Methods Symposium 2014 - Hyderabad Colloquium

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 08:49

COCHRANE METHODS SYMPOSIUM 2014

22nd COCHRANE COLLOQUIUM

Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Hyderabad HITEC City

Hyderabad, India

Sunday 21 September 2014; 9.00am-4.30pm

From concepts to evidence synthesis: Towards a research agenda for methods of public health systematic reviews

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Cochrane and Wiley announce the release of Anywhere Systematic Reviews

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 08:15

Cochrane and Wiley have announced the release of Anywhere Systematic Reviews – Cochrane Reviews available in an Enhanced HTML Article which makes access possible in any format, on any device, at any time.

The Anywhere Systematic Review focuses on improving the reading experience of articles in four key ways:

 

Readability

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Longtime Cochrane contributor receives lifetime achievement award

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 07:56

Dr Kay Dickersin, Director of the US Cochrane Center, has received the 2014 Ingram Olkin Award for her 'lifetime contributorion to the development of evidence synthesis methods'. Dr Dickersin is Director for the Center for Clinical Trials at Johns Hopkins University and a longtime contributor to The Cochrane Collaboration. Dr Dickersin received the award at the 2014 annual international meeting of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM), hosted by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York (UK).

External link for more information:  http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/SRSM-2014.html Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  press@cochrane.org

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Join us for this month's #cochraneauthor chat - Wed 23 July

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 06:34

Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? If so, join us for this month's #cochraneauthor Twitter chat! For our second chat, we'll be brainstorming topics of interest to the #cochraneauthor community that we can delve into in future chats.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Nancy Owens Email address:  nowens@cochrane.org

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Colloquium early registration deadline reminder: 14 July 2014

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 10:28

Reminder: the closing date to register early and and take advantage of discounted rates for the 2014 Cochrane Colloquium at Hyderabad, India is 14 July. Don't delay!


 

External link for more information:  http://colloquium.cochrane.org/registration-fees Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Anna Joseph Email address:  annajoseph@cmcvellore.ac.in

A Service User Shares Their Experiences

The Service User Perspective - Fri, 27/06/2014 - 10:50
I read in the Schizophrenia Commission about them including pharmacists in the treatment of patients, which I think is long overdue.

We have everybody else in a Ward round- surely the pharmacist should be included!

My own hospitalisation experience dates back to, initially, 1983 and most recent in 2001.
I think I am a recovered schizophrenic!

I can really sympathise with the carer who feels her son was nearly killed by Clozapine,
and also with all the side effects of drugs- the dribbling, tardive dyskinesia, etc.

I get restless feet all the time. I get too much spit in my mouth. I move my jaw, sort of clicking it, an involuntary movement.

Announcing the #cochraneauthor Twitter chat

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 12:35

Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? If so, we’d like to announce the establishment of #cochraneauthor Twitter chats, focusing on issues of interest to the #cochraneauthor community. For our first chat, we discussed how Cochrane authors communicate with Cochrane - whether receiving information and news, providing feedback, or engaging with fellow Cochrane contributors.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  news@cochrane.org

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RevMan 5.3 now available - training webinars 3 July

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Wed, 25/06/2014 - 05:19

The Cochrane Informatics and Knowledge Management Department (IKMD) is happy to announce to all that Review Manager (RevMan 5.3) is now available!

To get it now, go to the download page or use Help > Check For Updates within current RevMan installations. Thanks to quick reports from early adopters, we’ve already fixed a few bugs that had slipped through beta testing, and we’re now at version 5.3.3.

RevMan 5.3 only contains changes that do not require moving to a new file format for reviews. Some of the highlights are:

External link for more information:  http://tech.cochrane.org/revman/download Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Jacob Riis Email address:  jriis@cochrane.org

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Announcing the establishment of the Hungarian Cochrane Branch

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Tue, 24/06/2014 - 06:48

The German Cochrane Centre is delighted to announce the establishment of the Hungarian Cochrane Branch (HBGCC), based at the University of Pécs. The Director of the HBGCC will be Professor Tamás Decsi, who is a professor of paediatrics and director of the Clinical Centre of the University of Pécs. Dr. Szimonetta Lohner, who has already worked at the GCC and was also closely involved in the establishment of the HBGCC, will be the scientific coordinator. One of the priorities of the HBGCC will be to support and increase Cochrane Review activity in Hungary.

External link for more information:  http://www.cochrane.de Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Gerd Antes Email address:  antes@cochrane.de

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A Carer Speaks Out.

The Service User Perspective - Mon, 23/06/2014 - 13:29
I do think, when one is a patient, or by extension, a relative, it is hard to speak out.


1. When one is in an angry or disturbed state of mind, one cannot, physically, think straight.

2. Very often one is not believed.

3. Going back over things, actually causes MORE pain.

My son doesn't seem to want to complain, although I feel he has been quite unfairly treated, I guess the above, or something like that, is the reason.


New resources available from the CEU for producing Cochrane Reviews

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 14:01

The Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU) has compiled two resources for use in producing Cochrane Reviews, using information gathered from the CEU review screening process.    

Since September 2013, the CEU has screened 300 reviews; this work has enabled the identification of some common errors and examples of good practice which relate to the following issues: 

External link for more information:  http://www.editorial-unit.cochrane.org/mecir Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Toby Lasserson Email address:  tlasserson@cochrane.org

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Last chance: have your say on the Cochrane Training Strategy by 13 June!

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Wed, 11/06/2014 - 07:06

If you’re involved with Cochrane, then you probably have an opinion about how we support you in your work, how we communicate changes in methods and policies, and how we build capacity and engagement among our talented contributors. We’ve had some great responses to our consultation and online survey on the future directions of Cochrane’s Training & Professional Development Strategy, but we’d like more. Make sure that your voice is heard, and that contributors like you are represented as we make choices about the training and support activities that will make a difference to Cochrane.

External link for more information:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cochranetraining Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  news@cochrane.org

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Reminder: Call for nominations - Cochrane annual prizes

Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - Tue, 10/06/2014 - 13:41

Several prizes are awarded annually to Cochrane contributors at the organisation's annual Colloquium. The 2014 calls for nominations for three of the prizes are currently open, with nominations being accepted until 22 July 2014. All Cochrane contributors are encouraged to review the prize criteria and consider nominating colleagues whose work is worthy of recognition in these important areas.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  news@cochrane.org

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According to an Expert by Experience and Carer:

The Service User Perspective - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:32
The discussion about transferring research into evidence-based practice is a very valid one, especially with regard to the Schizophrenia Commission and NICE guidelines recommendation that psychological therapies should be offered as a matter of course, alongside pharmaceutical interventions, from the very start of the treatment..... not left until the drugs, with all their acknowledged side effects, have 'stabilised' the poor patient into a state of readiness to 'receive' talking therapy. In our area, the waiting lists for psychological therapies for people with severe and enduring mental illness are running at around 2 years.

An Expert by Experience writes about side effects of her son.

The Service User Perspective - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:28
Dribbling, tardive dyskinesia (which I have witnessed in my son) slurred voice (I was once traumatised by phoning a helpline and somebody had a horribly slurred voice) are in my opinion, appalling. I do not think a drug should be licensed, if it produces these effects.

Several years ago, my son was forced to take Clozapine, on the orders of a desperate, burnt- out and frankly very incompetent psychiatrist. My son, ended up on a medical ward, on intravenous drip, immobilised, vomiting, vomiting, vomiting, non-stop for a whole week. I was going mental, phoning psychiatrist who tried to fob me off with "it's a virus". I asked if anyone else on the psychiatric ward, where my son was imprisoned at the time had come down with a virus. He said no. As viruses are normally very catching, this alarmed me. I protested, but was completely ignored.

At the end of the week, thank God, the psychiatric nurses, placed around my son's hospital bed, to stop him escaping (he had run off to France, was okay for three months, ran out of money, come back, readmitted to hospital), alerted the psychiatrist that the vomiting might be due to the Clozapine. Clozapine withdrawn, torture ended temporarily.

A few years later, I came across an article, some unfortunate had died, obstructed bowel, directly caused by Clozapine. The coroner had ruled, as mental patients, object to taking care of their physical health, the doctors could not be blamed, so my panic had been justified. My son could have died, the psychiatrist could have got away with killing him.

At a tribunal regarding my son, I voiced my horror at the terrible side-effects, I was completely discounted, ignored, brushed aside as if I was stupid and unreasonable.