Nurse Helen Cowan delves into the Cochrane Library to explore some 'known unknowns', and reflects on what practitioners might do when the evidence is equivocal, and what might bridge the evidence gap.
Game-changer: the NIHR’s new funding stream for ‘Studies Within A Trial’ (SWATs)
Shaun Treweek points a finger at the thin evidence base for trial process decision-making and highlights a new funding initiative from the National Institute for Health Research that will help.
Retention to clinical trials: how can we keep participants involved?
Katie Gillies and Derek Stewart, from the PRioRiTy II group, highlight the need for the identification of a national research agenda on retention to clinical trials developed and prioritised by all relevant stakeholders.
Informed decision-making: “we can” doesn’t mean “we should”
Sarah Chapman and Kit Byatt reflect on their discussion about helping an elderly relative decide whether a test and a treatment offered were in her best interests.
Cochrane Engage helps evidence newcomers
Cochrane Engage (formerly known as TaskExchange) has new features, especially for evidence newcomers! Past last updated 22 March 2023. Cochrane Engage is Cochrane’s online platform that connects people needing help on health evidence projects (Cochrane and non-Cochrane) with people who have the time and skills to help out. So far, hundreds of people have gained […]
Cochrane evidence on catheter washouts: from Twitter to the bedside
We Nurses founder Teresa Chinn reflects on how learning about Cochrane evidence on catheter washouts enabled her to challenge and change her patient's care.
Behind the headlines: can one in three dementia cases be prevented?
Kirsty Marais from Alzheimer's UK goes behind the headlines that 1 in 3 dementia cases could be prevented, unpacking what the new Lancet Commission on Dementia found
Cocoa and blood pressure: food for thought
Selena Ryan-Vig highlights some important considerations for reading research by looking at Cochrane evidence on cocoa and blood pressure
Unthinkable thoughts and evidence: talking about dying
How would you not wish to die? Richard Lehman reflects on a discussion about advance decisions, evidence-based medicine and kindness.
Cochrane’s 2016 Citation Screening Challenge: Turning a lonely task into the most fun you can have in evidence based healthcare
Read about Cochrane’s new citizen science platform and their fast, furious and successful their recent 48 hour citation screening challenge!
Teaching kids to assess goopy health claims
In this blog for our #UnderstandingEvidence series, Matt Oxman talks about the Informed Health Choices project, which helps children sort the wheat from the chaff of evidence about treatment effects
Everyday practice: tried, trusted and tested? Here’s why we need evidence
Established practices may be so familiar that they aren’t questioned. They should be. We consider this here in an area of everyday nursing practice, pressure ulcer management, but hope this will be read in the context of other areas of healthcare.