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- Air pollution
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Delirium prevention
- Dietary salt for people with chronic kidney disease
- Hypertension – walking
- Interstitial lung disease
- Lifestyle modifications for people with non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease
- Nutritional supplementation for non-alcohol‐related fatty liver disease
- Reducing sedentary behaviour in older adults
- Rotator cuff disease
- Shoulder pain
- Spatial neglect/inattention following stroke or adult brain injury
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This year, Cochrane is continuing to produce new and updated reviews in response to the pandemic. We have blogged about many of them and this blog COVID-19 evidence: a Cochrane round-up brings together a large collection of evidence and resources, starting from when this evidence was first being produced in spring 2020. Like the reviews themselves, all our blogs are updated to reflect new evidence.
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Those updated in July include:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): remote care through telehealth
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care
Cochrane COVID-19 Podcasts offer short summaries of Cochrane COVID-19 reviews from the authors themselves. A good way to hear the latest in under 5 minutes each.
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Cochrane news item: What can individuals do to avoid the effects of air pollution?
Cochrane Clinical Answer: What are the effects of exercise‐based cardiac rehabilitation for adults after heart valve surgery?
Delirium is common in hospitalised patients. The authors of a Cochrane Review on Non‐pharmacological interventions for preventing delirium in hospitalised non‐ICU patients (July 2021) have concluded:
- “There is moderate‐certainty evidence regarding the benefit of multicomponent non‐pharmacological interventions for the prevention of delirium in hospitalised adults, estimated to reduce incidence by 43% compared to usual care.
- We found no evidence of an effect on mortality.
- There is emerging evidence that these interventions may reduce hospital length of stay, with a trend towards reduced delirium duration, although the effect on delirium severity remains uncertain.”
Our blog Tube feeding for people with severe dementia: making decisions includes professional and personal reflections, plus practical advice and resources.
There is also a Cochrane Clinical Answer: What are the benefits and harms of enteral tube feeding for people with severe dementia?
Dietary salt for people with chronic kidney disease
Dietary salt for people with chronic kidney disease
The authors of a Cochrane Review Altered dietary salt intake for people with chronic kidney disease (June 2021) found high-certainty evidence that salt reduction reduced blood pressure in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and albuminuria in people with earlier stage CKD in the short‐term. They state that “if such reductions could be maintained long‐term, this effect may translate to clinically significant reductions in CKD progression and cardiovascular events. Research into the long‐term effects of sodium‐restricted diet for people with CKD is warranted.”
Hypertension – walking
Cochrane Clinical Answer: What are the benefits and harms of walking to prevent and control hypertension?
There is also an Evidently Cochrane blog Can walking help lower your blood pressure? The latest Cochrane evidence.
Interstitial lung disease
Cochrane Clinical Answer: What are the effects of pulmonary rehabilitation for people with interstitial lung disease?
Lifestyle modifications for people with non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease
Cochrane Clinical Answer: For people with non–alcohol‐related fatty liver disease, how do lifestyle modifications compare?
Nutritional supplementation for non-alcohol‐related fatty liver disease
The authors of the Cochrane Review Nutritional supplementation for nonalcohol‐related fatty liver disease: a network meta‐analysis (July 2021) conclude that “The evidence indicates considerable uncertainty about effects of nutritional supplementation compared to no additional intervention on all clinical outcomes for people with non‐alcohol‐related fatty liver disease.”
Reducing sedentary behaviour in older adults
In a Cochrane news item Get up, stand up: new review looks at reducing sedentary behaviour in older adults the lead author of the review Interventions for reducing sedentary behaviour in community‐dwelling older adults (June 2021) discusses the findings.
Rotator cuff disease
A Cochrane Review Kinesio taping for rotator cuff disease was published in August 2021. Here is a summary:
The Cochrane Review Image‐guided glucocorticoid injection versus injection without image guidance for shoulder pain was updated in August 20121. The review authors conclude “Our updated review does not support use of image guidance for injections in the shoulder.”
Ultrasound‐guided injection (compared with injection without imaging) probably provides little or no benefit in terms of pain or function and may make little or no difference to quality of life. The effect on patient-rated treatment success is uncertain. No serious adverse events were reported in any trial.
Spatial neglect/inattention following stroke or adult brain injury
The authors of a Cochrane Review Non‐pharmacological interventions for spatial neglect or inattention following stroke and other non‐progressive brain injury (July 2021) have concluded that “no rehabilitation approach can be supported or refuted based on current evidence from RCTs. As recommended by a number of national clinical guidelines, clinicians should continue to provide rehabilitation for neglect that enables people to meet their rehabilitation goals. Clinicians and stroke survivors should have the opportunity, and are strongly encouraged, to participate in research.”
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This year World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day will be on October 20. Cochrane and six other leaders in evidence-based health care put the spotlight on the global impact of evidence on healthcare research, policy, practice and health outcomes. Read here about the Launch of World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day 2021: the role of evidence in an infodemic.
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