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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.
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Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews. In systematic reviews we search for and summarize studies that answer a specific research question (e.g. is paracetamol effective and safe for treating back pain?). The studies are identified, assessed, and summarized by using a systematic and predefined approach. They inform recommendations for healthcare and research.. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision-making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and Data is the information collected through research. for the Outcomes are measures of health (for example quality of life, pain, blood sugar levels) that can be used to assess the effectiveness and safety of a treatment or other intervention (for example a drug, surgery, or exercise). In research, the outcomes considered most important are ‘primary outcomes’ and those considered less important are ‘secondary outcomes’. from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals.
Care of the newborn, including preterm infants
Correcting hypoglycaemia in newborns
Cochrane Clinical Answer: How effective and safe is oral dextrose gel in correcting hypoglycemia in newborn infants?
Preventing necrotizing enterocolitis
Cochrane Clinical Answer: For very preterm or very low birth weight infants, do synbiotics prevent necrotizing enterocolitis?
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