Who is this website for?

Evidently Cochrane aims to make Cochrane evidence really accessible, and to encourage discussion about it, through blogs which usually feature new or updated Cochrane reviews on a health topic. Sometimes we have a special week with multiple blogs on one topic. It is for everyone who is interested in finding and using the best quality evidence to inform decisions about health. You can read more about how we write the blogs here.

For patients, carers and anyone making health choices

Many of the blogs are written for people making choices about their own health or supporting friends and family in doing so and we have an ongoing series of blogs to help you make everyday health choices. We give accessible summaries of reliable evidence, giving an explanation for medical and research terms when we need to use them. For example, we’ve had blogs summarizing evidence on things that parents can do to help reduce babies’ pain during a medical procedure, on interventions to help people with rheumatoid arthritis manage fatigue and on therapies to help people with chronic pain. Many of them are about treatments, but not all; you can find evidence here about whether care in a specialist stroke unit aids recovery better than alternative settings, for instance. We really value the inclusion of reflections by patients in blogs.

For healthcare professionals (HCPs), commissioners and policy-makers

We think that the blogs written for a non-medical audience will be of interest to healthcare professionals too, as Cochrane evidence on interventions is important for both, but some of the blogs are written primarily for HCPs, policy-makers and commissioners. In November 2015, we launched two new series for nurses and midwives: Evidence for Everyday Nursing and Evidence for Everyday Midwifery and in February 2016 Evidence for Everyday Allied Health. These ongoing series will offer relevant evidence through blogs, blogshots and tweet chats.

For health researchers

As well as finding blogs about Cochrane evidence in your health area of interest, you may be interested in other blogs which highlight challenges for research and current problems which are common across fields, such as the need for core outcome sets for specific conditions. Many of the blogs end with a consideration of what needs to be done next, and where the review includes a particularly useful discussion of the implications for research then this is mentioned in the blog. Some of the blogs include comments from review authors, health professionals working in the field, or patients, which you may also find useful.

For people interested in social media for sharing evidence

We are really interested in the possibilities offered by social media platforms like Twitter, and an ever-expanding array of apps and platforms, in terms of sharing evidence with a vast audience and in a variety of ways, so you’ll find blogs about social media and our experiences with it on Evidently Cochrane.

Page last updated 21 April 2017

Sarah Chapman

About Sarah Chapman

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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 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).

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