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