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.
Evidently Cochrane is edited by Sarah Chapman, Cochrane UK’s Knowledge Broker. Most of our ‘in-house’ blogs are written by Sarah Chapman, and we also have regular blogs from our Senior Fellow in General Practice, Lynda Ware. We are increasingly publishing guest blogs and welcome reflections from patients and healthcare practitioners, sharing their experience and expertise alongside evidence, which is most often from Cochrane reviews.
When are the blogs published?
Originally a weekly blog, from May 2017 we will be moving to publishing on Thursdays and often on a Tuesday also. We will continue to have blogs at other times to tie in with special events or publication of high profile and newsworthy reviews. We have special campaigns, quarterly, with multiple blogs on one broad topic spread over several weeks.
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 they are new or have been updated, or are relevant to health topics being discussed in the media, featured in health awareness events, or to one of our special campaigns. 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.
The blogs vary in format but generally aim to set the evidence in context and to give you a ‘bottom line’. 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. Links to full reviews and other papers mentioned are given within the blog and/or at the end.
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: 21 April 2017