5 things to do while we’re away

Even bloggers need a holiday sometimes and I’ll be taking a two week break in sunny wet and beautiful Ireland. The next blog will appear on Friday 21st August. Meanwhile, here are 5 things you might like to do:

1. Read our most popular blog from 2015

Simple help for painful nipples in breastfeeding women has grabbed the top spot so far. It’s always good to have evidence about something easy we can do to help ourselves and it’s a bonus when it can save us money too. You might be intrigued to find out some of the things our ancestors did to cope with this common problem. How about soaking a few leaves in your husband’s urine and putting them on your breasts? Maybe not…

Caffeine blogshot

Our most popular blogshot

2. Catch up with our blogshots

If you’ve yet to discover our blogshots, now’s a good time! We launched these almost two months ago and this simple way to share a little information in an image on social media is proving really popular. We’re keen to share learning with others on Twitter, both those who are also experimenting with the format and those who tell us what they think of them and what could make them even more helpful. We’re making our experiment with blogshots available to download and share here on our website and we also archive them all on Pinterest.

3. Check out our social media resources

Whenever we find something that’s interesting or useful, we like to catch hold of it and not just keep it to ourselves but make it available to others too. Whether you want tips for managing social media platforms, how to measure your impact, where to find Cochrane Twitter accounts or to read about social media use for healthcare professionals, you’ll find lots of links on our social media resources page here. If you have a great resource to share, let us know so we can add it!

4. Take our quick survey

We’ve had a great year so far and were so thrilled to win the UK Blog Awards Best Health Blog 2015. We must be doing something right. But do we really know our audience and what they want? It’s time to find out. To this end, we’re running a survey to find out who reads our blogs, what they like and what we could do better, or differently. The answers we’ve had so far are really interesting and helpful. It only takes a few minutes to complete so please do, and share it too. You can find it here.

5. See what Cochrane people take on holiday

Finally, if you missed last summer’s blog in which Cochrane colleagues shared their evidence-based holiday tips, you can catch up with it here.

Happy holidays!


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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