How do we write these blogs?

We started Evidently Cochrane in September 2012. In 2015 it won the UK Blog Award for Best Health Blog and we are continuing to build on our success.

Our bloggers

Evidently Cochrane is edited by Sarah Chapman, Cochrane UK’s Knowledge Broker. Most of our ‘in-house’ blogs are written by Sarah, and we also have blogs from our Senior Fellows in General Practice, Robert Walton and Lynda Ware. We also invite blogs, and contributions to blogs, from healthcare professionals, researchers, patients and others with relevant expertise and experience, sharing their experience and expertise alongside the evidence, which is most often from Cochrane reviews.

When are the blogs published?

Blogs are published weekly, most often on a Friday.  We will continue to have blogs at other times to tie in with special events or publication of high profile and newsworthy reviews. We also have up to four special series a year, with multiple blogs and other resources on one broad topic published over one month.

What are the blogs about?

Most of the weekly blogs focus on one health topic and feature Cochrane reviews. We choose reviews to blog on the basis that there is new evidence to share, or they are relevant to health topics being discussed in the media, featured in health awareness events, or to one of our special series.  We prioritise health concerns which are relevant (though not limited) to the UK population.  We have a keen interest in the use of social media to share and discuss evidence and include occasional blogs on this. We also have blogs exploring the concepts underpinning evidence-based healthcare.

We have blog series for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and anyone making health choices, as well as one on Understanding Evidence.

What can you expect from the blogs?

The blogs vary in format but generally aim to set the evidence in context and you will often find experience and other reflections shared alongside the evidence. The blogs make it clear what information comes from the Cochrane reviews or other research and what is opinion-based. We also make sure we tell you about the quality of the evidence and highlight problems with it, as this is really important to know when using evidence to inform decisions. Cochrane reviews do not contain recommendations for practice, but sometimes blogs may refer to recommendations from clinical guidelines and the source should be clear.  Links to full reviews and other sources mentioned are given within the blog and/or at the end.

Up-to-date evidence

Cochrane reviews are regularly updated to take account of new evidence and we will update the blogs when this happens to ensure that they reflect the latest version of the review.

We are keen to hear your views so do leave a comment at the end of the blog or chat to us on Twitter, where you can follow us @CochraneUK.

Page last updated: 13 August 2019


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).

5 Comments on this post

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    I forwarded your “knowledge broker” article to the actual Cochrane Review Board.

    You are not skilled enough to be making the bold statements and declarations about various pharmaceuticals and your comments and articles may prove dangerous for your readers.

    Victoria Grant / Reply
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    I believe your article regarding OCD actually conflict with research from the Cochrane Reports. You referenced documents from 2007 and 2008 regarding SSRIs and CBT and opinion regarding the benefits of SSRIs has changed and several SSRI’s are viewed in a negative light right now.

    Your references are too dated to be making bold statements about the use of certain pharmaceuticals.

    Victoria Grant / Reply
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    I am really interested on your view of Mental health nursing and how little of anything goes through blogs such as thsi- i would really like to develop this within our trust and wondering could you assist.?

    john paul rogers / Reply
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    Tweet new updates as reported in a Cochrane
    Blog on topical issues as led by twitter forums (i am a midwife)
    Target audience (we nurses or we midwives) etc happy to discuss
    Deirdre 00353876793816
    PhD student midwifery [CPCG / NUI Galway Ireland

    Deirdre Munro / Reply
    • Sarah Chapman

      Thanks for your suggestions Deirdre. We’re always looking for ways to improve what we do and to share our evidence more widely. We really like it when people talk to us too! Thinking about Twitter forums, do you mean things like the @WeMidwives tweet chats or are there other communities and conversations you think we should connect with? I’d welcome suggestions. We had a tweetchat with @WeNurses in the spring, following the blog on pressure ulcers, which was great.
      Sarah

      Sarah Chapman / (in reply to Deirdre Munro) Reply

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