Evidence for Allied Health, Maternity Care and Nursing: please help us to help you!

A call to help shape our blogs and other content for those working in Allied Health, Maternity Care and Nursing by responding to a short survey, plus other opportunities to help us shape how we share evidence with you.

If you’re a health professional or clinical support worker, you’ll want to keep up with the best available evidence that’s relevant to your areas of work. But we know that’s not easy! At Cochrane UK, we’re trying to bridge the gap between producers and potential users of evidence by sharing it in a range of accessible formats, here on our blog and across several social media platforms. 

We want to review what we’re producing in our ongoing series Evidence for Allied Health, Evidence for Maternity Care and Evidence for Nursing and to ask for your opinions, so that we can use our resources wisely and give you content you will find useful. 

Have you been here before? Or seen our content on social media? We love you and you can go straight to the survey! 

If you haven’t been before, or seen any of our stuff, we love you because you’re here now! Here’s a very quick summary of the kinds of things we have in our ‘Evidence for…’ series.

Quarterly round-up blog 

These are collections of the latest Cochrane Reviews and related products such as Cochrane Clinical Answers, blogs and podcasts. They sometimes include other resources, such as guidelines, and highlight opportunities within Cochrane and elsewhere. These are the only blogs that we don’t update when the reviews are updated.

View the latest in each series here:

Blogs on single topics

These usually explore the evidence in one or more Cochrane Reviews, set in context and often with reflections from someone with relevant expertise, such as a health professional or patient. Each one comes with a ‘take-home points’ slide. You can see an example below from a blog by Myra Robson, a pelvic health physiotherapist, Pessaries for pelvic organ prolapse – looking at the Cochrane evidence.

50% of women over 50 have a prolapse A Cochrane Review has found gaps in the evidence on pessaries to treat pelvic organ prolapse Combining pessaries with pelvic floor muscle training probably improves symptoms but may make abnormal bleeding more likely Prolapse can often be very well-managed with physiotherapy


These are brief summaries of a Cochrane Review in a single image, shared on social media. We have blogshots in each series. Below, you can see an example in our Evidence for Nursing series. You can find the full archive of blogshots in our Evidence for Allied Health series, Evidence for Nursing series, and Evidence for Maternity Care

There is uncertainty about unwanted effects associated with cleansing venous leg ulcers (very low-certainty evidence).The effectiveness of different solutions for cleansing venous leg ulcers is uncertain (very low-certainty evidence). No study compared cleansing with no cleansing, or different methods. None reported patient preference, ease of use, costs or health-related quality of life. Cochrane Review (published March 2021); 4 studies with 254 people, comparing different types of cleansing solutions for treating venous leg ulcers. Studies were conducted in outpatient departments or in the community.

Social media

You can find us on the following platforms, where we share relevant content using the hashtags #EvidenceForNursing / #EvidenceForMaternityCare / #EvidenceforAlliedHealth:

If you use Figure 1, you can also follow us there too (@CochraneUK). 

Other ways to help shape our content and get involved

We’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to:

  • contribute to a blog
  • give more detailed feedback on particular products (e.g. blogshots)
  • be consulted about whether newly published Cochrane Reviews in your specialist area are important and relevant for us to disseminate

If you’re interested, there’s an option to express your interest in our short survey. 

Do share this with your colleagues. We’ll love them too! Thank you.

Evidence for Allied Health, Maternity Care and Nursing: please help us to help you! by Sarah Chapman and Selena Ryan-Vig

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