How do we write these blogs?

We started Evidently Cochrane in September 2012 and are continuing to shape and improve the blogs. Blogs are written by Sarah Chapman, Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK, or by guest bloggers.  Some include comments from patients and healthcare practitioners, asked to share their views on the evidence in relation to their experiences.

Blogs are published weekly, with extra blogs to tie in with special events, and four times a year we have special campaign weeks with multiple blogs on one broad topic. Most of the weekly blogs focus on one health topic and feature Cochrane reviews, but alongside these we may highlight new reports, guidelines, or other publications, along with innovative projects which we think will interest our readers. We choose reviews to blog on the basis that they are new or have been updated, or are relevant to health topics being discussed in the media or featured in health awareness events.  We prioritise health concerns which are relevant (though not limited) to the UK population.  Some blogs highlight a collection of unrelated but noteworthy new Cochrane evidence. We have a keen interest in the use of social media to share and discuss evidence and include occasional blogs on this.

The blogs vary in format but generally aim to set the evidence in context and to give you a ‘bottom line’. We also make sure we tell you about the quality of the evidence and highlight problems with it, as this is really important to know when using evidence to inform decisions. Links to full reviews and other papers mentioned are given within the blog and/or at the end.

Cochrane reviews are regularly updated to take account of new evidence and we will update the blogs when this happens to ensure that they reflect the latest version of the review.

We are keen to hear your views so do leave a comment at the end of the blog or chat to us on Twitter, where you can follow us @CochraneUK.

Page last updated: 4 August 2016

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Sarah's work as a Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK focuses on disseminating Cochrane evidence through social media, including Evidently Cochrane blogs, blogshots and and the ‘Evidence for Everyday’ series for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and patients. A former registered general nurse, Sarah has a particular interest making evidence accessible and useful to practitioners and to others making decisions about health. Before joining Cochrane, Sarah also worked on systematic reviews for the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, and obtained degrees in History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women’s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading).

2 Comments on this post

  1. Tweet new updates as reported in a Cochrane
    Blog on topical issues as led by twitter forums (i am a midwife)
    Target audience (we nurses or we midwives) etc happy to discuss
    Deirdre 00353876793816
    PhD student midwifery [CPCG / NUI Galway Ireland

    Deirdre Munro / Reply
    • Sarah Chapman

      Thanks for your suggestions Deirdre. We’re always looking for ways to improve what we do and to share our evidence more widely. We really like it when people talk to us too! Thinking about Twitter forums, do you mean things like the @WeMidwives tweet chats or are there other communities and conversations you think we should connect with? I’d welcome suggestions. We had a tweetchat with @WeNurses in the spring, following the blog on pressure ulcers, which was great.

      Sarah Chapman / (in reply to Deirdre Munro) Reply

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