Would you like to write an Evidently Cochrane blog?

Something we, and our readers, really value about our blogs is that they often go beyond summarizing Cochrane evidence to include experience and expertise from people for whom that evidence may be relevant.

We now have blogs in four ‘Evidence for Everyday’ series, written primarily for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and patients/anyone making health choices, and blogs outside these series too. We really want to hear these voices in our blogs and have ‘real world’ perspectives on the evidence – and on the missing bits. Those missing bits might be where no reliable evidence exists, where research has failed to explore things that matter most to people, or perhaps where there are barriers to being able to find and use research.

In short, Evidently Cochrane needs you! We would like to invite expressions of interest in blogging for us. We don’t pay for blogs, but it’s a great thing to do for your Continuing Professional Development! There are two ways to contribute. You can either write a whole blog, or a shorter piece for inclusion in a blog. Our Guide to blogging will give you some pointers. Please note, we are not looking for people to blog for us on a regular basis, and submission of a blog does not guarantee publication.

New Cochrane evidence is being published all the time. On this page, you’ll find a list of topics and Cochrane reviews which we’ve identified as good topics for blogs. We’ll keep this list up to date.

If you are interested in blogging about any of them, please contact me sarah.chapman@cochrane.nhs.uk. Alternatively, if you have an area of interest/expertise which doesn’t appear here, and would like to be considered for blogging about it when relevant evidence is published, do contact me.

Students, of any discipline, interested in blogging about evidence might like to head over to Students 4 Best Evidence and take a look at their blog wish list here, or you could write about any of the topics here.

Topics for blogs

Acne

Reviews on complementary therapies, drug therapies, treatments for acne scars.

Asthma

Multiple reviews on emergency treatment of asthma.

We anticipate having reviews coming soon on inhaler technique and on Personalised Action Plans.

Cancer

Breast cancer

Multiple reviews including yoga, exercise, psychological interventions, multidisciplinary rehabilitation. More reviews anticipated, including one on online support groups.

Cancer-related fatigue

Reviews on educational interventions; exercise; drug therapy.

COPD

Exercise training

Upper limb exercise training for COPD. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD011434. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011434.pub2

Preventing and treating acute exacerbations

Multiple reviews.

Dementia

We will post content here soon. We are planning to have a special series of blogs on dementia in July.

Pregnancy and childbirth

Bedrest in multiple pregnancy

da Silva Lopes K, Takemoto Y, Ota E, Tanigaki S, Mori R. Bed rest with and without hospitalisation in multiple pregnancy for improving perinatal outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD012031. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012031.pub2.

Iodine supplements

Harding KB, Peña-Rosas JP, Webster AC, Yap CMY, Payne BA, Ota E, De-Regil LM. Iodine supplementation for women during the preconception, pregnancy and postpartum period. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD011761. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011761.pub2.

Drugs for perineal pain

3 reviews, covering single dose aspirin, paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

Planned early birth versus expectant management

Reviews covering pre-labour rupture of membranes, hypertensive disorders, suspected compromised baby and mono amniotic twins.

Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation to improve maternal and infant health

Multiple reviews.

Skin-to-skin

Moore ER, Bergman N, Anderson GC, Medley N. Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD003519. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003519.pub4

Johnston C, Campbell-Yeo M, Disher T, Benoit B, Fernandes A, Streiner D, Inglis D, Zee R. Skin-to-skin care for procedural pain in neonates. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD008435. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008435.pub3.

Stroke

das Nair R, Cogger H, Worthington E, Lincoln NB. Cognitive rehabilitation for memory deficits after stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD002293. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002293.pub3

Panic disorder

Several reviews on drug therapies and psychological therapies

Perioperative hypothermia

5 reviews

Sciatica

Rasmussen-Barr EHeld UGrooten WJARoelofs PDDMKoes BWvan Tulder MWWertli MMNon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for sciatica. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD012382. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012382.

There are related reviews.

Shared care for long-term conditions

Smith SM, Cousins G, Clyne B, Allwright S, O’Dowd T. Shared care across the interface between primary and specialty care in management of long term conditions. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD004910. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004910.pub3.

Tinnitus

Multiple reviews.

 Virtual reality

Reviews on VR for rehabilitation in Parkinson’s Disease; for treatment compliance in people with serious mental illness; for stroke rehabilitation

 

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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 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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