Who is this website for?

Evidently Cochrane aims to make Cochrane evidence really accessible, and to encourage discussion about it, through blogs which usually feature new or updated Cochrane reviews on a health topic. Up to four times a year we have a special series with multiple blogs, and other resources, on one topic. It is for everyone who is interested in finding and using the best quality evidence to inform decisions about health. You can read more about how we write the blogs here.

For patients, carers and anyone making health choices

Many of the blogs are written for people making choices about their own health or supporting friends and family in doing so and we have an ongoing series of blogs to help you make everyday health choices. We give accessible summaries of reliable evidence, giving an explanation for medical and research terms when we need to use them.  Many of the blogs are about treatments, but not all; you can find evidence here about whether care in a specialist stroke unit aids recovery better than alternative settings, for instance. Some of these blogs are written by people with lived experience of the health condition being discussed, or with a contribution from them, and we really value their insights.

For healthcare professionals (HCPs)

We think that the blogs written for a non-medical audience will be of interest to healthcare professionals too, as Cochrane evidence on interventions is important for both, but some of the blogs are written primarily for HCPs. We have ongoing series for nurses  Evidence for Everyday Nursing, midwives Evidence for Everyday Midwifery , and allied health professionals Evidence for Everyday Allied Health. We also hope the blogs will be useful to students interested in health evidence.

For health researchers

As well as finding blogs about Cochrane evidence in your health area of interest, you may be interested in other blogs which highlight challenges for research and current problems which are common across fields, such as the need for core outcome sets for specific conditions. Many of the blogs end with a consideration of what needs to be done next, and where the review includes a particularly useful discussion of the implications for research then this is mentioned in the blog. Some of the blogs include comments from review authors, health professionals working in the field, or patients, which you may also find useful.

For people interested in social media for sharing evidence

We are really interested in the possibilities offered by social media platforms like Twitter, and an ever-expanding array of apps and platforms, in terms of sharing evidence with a vast audience and in a variety of ways, so you’ll find blogs about social media and our experiences with it on Evidently Cochrane.

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).

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