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Featured Review: Reminiscence Therapy for Dementia

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:25

Looking at the discussion of memories and past experiences using tangible prompts such as photographs or music to evoke memories and stimulate conversation.

Reminiscence Therapy (RT) involves the discussion of memories and past experiences with other people using tangible prompts such as photographs or music to evoke memories and stimulate conversation. RT may be offered to groups of people with dementia (in some cases with their family carers also involved) or on a one-to-one basis, often resulting in a life story book.

This updated Cochrane Review of reminiscence therapy for dementia was first published in 1998, and last updated in 2005.

We wanted to find out what effect reminiscence therapy has on people with dementia. In particular, we were interested in effects on quality of life, communication, cognition (the general ability to think and remember), mood, daily activities and relationships. We were also interested in any effects on carers.

In the absence of disease modifying pharmacological treatments for the dementias, psychosocial approaches offer the potential for people with dementia to experience the best possible quality of life. Reminiscence approaches have been used with people with dementia for many years – probably the most popular psychosocial approach in fact. Yet, only in this up-dated review are we seeing sufficient research of reasonable quality to enable evidence-based recommendations about its use and effects.

Not all ‘Reminiscence therapy’ is the same in its effects on people with dementia and carers. We were encouraged to find that the amount and quality of research on RT for dementia has increased considerably since the last version of this review. We concluded that the effects of RT vary, depending on the way it is given and whether it takes place in care homes or the community. However, there is some evidence that RT can improve quality of life, cognition, communication and possibly mood in people with dementia in some circumstances, although all the benefits were small. More research is needed to understand these differences and to find out who is likely to benefit most from what type of RT. Positive benefits were most often seen in care home studies. It is possible reminiscence is especially helpful in maintaining personal identity, which becomes more vulnerable with a move to care home, without the familiar prompts and triggers for personal identity embedded in the person’s own home. Research on digital life story books and reminiscence apps is in its infancy, but is likely to have a major impact on the field in years to come.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Cochrane Nursing Care brings the latest evidence to nurses

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:35
Cochrane Nursing  Care establishes new publication agreement with British Journal of Community Nursing and extends its agreement with the American Journal of Nursing

The Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) established a brand new publication agreement with the British Journal of Community Nursing. The journal will feature a ‘Cochrane Corner’ column monthly throughout 2018.

The British Journal of Community Nursing is the UK's leading peer-reviewed journal for district nurses, featuring the most current clinical coverage and research on primary care nursing. The periodical is designed to help nurses manage complex cases more effectively, improve case management skills, and help healthcare professionals gain a greater understanding of best practices with a view to improving hospital procedures.

The CNCF is also pleased to announce the highly ranked American Journal of Nursing (AJN) will be extending its existing publication agreement with the Field and has requested production of a further seven summaries on Cochrane reviews. The new agreement will see the Field’s ‘Cochrane Corner’ column feature in this periodical throughout 2018 and into 2019.

The CNCF is delighted this highly subscribed journal continues to appreciate the value in disseminating relevant Cochrane evidence to the international nursing community. With an impact factor of 1.30, the AJN is one of the highest ranked international publications for nurses and healthcare professionals, providing comprehensive and in-depth information to help nurses stay current in their profession. First established in 1900, the AJN is the oldest nursing journal still in publication. In 2009 the journal was selected as one of the "100 Most Influential Journals in Biology and Medicine in the Last 100 Years" by the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association. Peer reviewed and evidence-based, the AJN’s articles are written by nurses and healthcare professionals who pursue excellence in practice and aspire to advance in their careers, whatever the setting.

Predominantly a clinical practice journal, the AJN publishes clinical reviews, original research, and provides news and analyses related to technology, drugs, management and professional issues and health care trends, offering solutions to the challenges facing today's practicing nurse.

Publication in the AJN has had a significant impact on the broader dissemination of the Field’s summary evidence, helping to get valuable Cochrane research to a larger number of nurses and related healthcare clinicians internationally.

On the journal’s agreement renewal with the CNCF and the continued publication of Cochrane review summaries, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, Editor in Chief of the AJN, writes: “We’ve found running periodic instalments of the CNCF’s ‘Cochrane Corner’ a valuable adjunct to our mission of disseminating evidence-based information to our largely clinically based readers.”

“As the oldest continuing circulated nursing journal in the world, the AJN has a legacy of over 115 years of providing nurses with fact-based information to aid them in their practice and career. Today, with so much information available at the touch of a keyboard, it can be difficult to differentiate between what’s research-based and unbiased from that which is sponsored and unsupported by evidence. It’s vital that nurses have access to accurate information and at the AJN, where accuracy is paramount, we rely on the CNCF’s summaries to help us provide that information. We’ve increased the CNCF’s column from quarterly, to now offering the articles to our readers six times or more a year. It’s been increasingly popular and we’re delighted that more of our readers are discovering it.”

Amy Collins, Managing Editor for the American Journal of Nursing, is also an advocate for the dissemination work performed by the CNCF and adamantly supports the journal’s ongoing collaboration with the Field. On the summaries produced by the CNCF Amy writes: “As the Managing Editor of the AJN, I am pleased that we will be continuing our collaboration with the Cochrane Nursing Care Field. Our Cochrane Corner column, which features streamlined summaries of Cochrane reviews, provides nurses with the trusted research they need to inform practice. This fruitful collaboration, which we have enjoyed for several years, marks our commitment to disseminate evidence-based research to our wide nursing audience.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Featured Review: Vertebroplasty for treating spinal fractures due to osteoporosis

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:53

High quality evidence shows that vertebroplasty does not provide more clinically important benefits than placebo but may cause people harm.

Osteoporosis is characterised by thin, fragile bones and may result in minimal trauma fractures of the spine bones (vertebrae). They can cause severe pain and disability. Vertebroplasty involves injecting medical-grade cement into a fractured vertebra through a needle, under light sedation or general anaesthesia. The cement hardens in the bone space to form an internal cast. This procedure has been widely used to treat osteoporotic vertebral fractures, although two placebo-controlled trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009 found that the benefits were no greater than placebo. Since then three further placebo-controlled trials have been completed that limited inclusion to people with symptoms up to only 6 or 8 weeks.

A team of Cochrane authors based in Australia, Canada, and the United States worked with Cochrane Musculoskeletal to update the 2015 Cochrane Review on available evidence of the benefits and harms of vertebroplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Studies compared vertebroplasty versus placebo (no cement injected) (five studies, 541 participants); usual care (eight studies, 1136 participants); kyphoplasty (similar but before the cement is injected a balloon is expanded in the fractured vertebra; seven studies, 968 participants); and facet joint steroid injection (one study, 217 participants). The trials were performed in hospitals in 15 countries, the majority of participants were female, aged between 62.6 and 81 years, and symptom duration ranged from a week to six months or more. Eight trials received at least some funding from medical device manufacturers and only two of these reported that they had no role in the trial.

High quality evidence shows that vertebroplasty does not provide more clinically important benefits than placebo. The results did not differ according to duration of pain ≤ 6 weeks versus > 6 weeks (4 trials, up to 332 participants) and these findings were supported by a 5th placebo-controlled trial (42 participants with pain up to eight weeks), that also showed no clinically important benefits of vertebroplasty compared with placebo.

We are less certain of the risk of new vertebral fractures or other serious effects; quality was moderate due to the small number of events. Serious adverse events that may occur include spinal cord or nerve root compression, rib fractures, infection in the bone, fat leaking into the bloodstream, damage to the covering of the spinal cord that could result in leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, anaesthetic complications, and death.

“In 2015, we published a Cochrane review and concluded that based upon moderate quality evidence, our review did not support a role for vertebroplasty for treating osteoporotic vertebral fractures in routine practice. While the  procedure was removed from the Medical Benefits Scheme in Australia following publication of the initial placebo-controlled trials, the procedure continues to be used here and in other countries,” says Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini institute and Monash University, Australia and Cochrane Review lead author as well as lead author of one of the first placebo-controlled trials. “This updated Cochrane Review includes the results of further trials and strengthens our previous conclusions – there is now high quality evidence that there are no clinically important benefits over placebo although there is potential to cause harm.”

“We hope that this updated Cochrane Review with the best available evidence will help inform policy in Australia and in other countries,” added Buchbinder.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Cochrane Heart seeks Trial Search Co-ordinator (maternity cover) - London, UK

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:59

Location of position: London
Hours: Part Time
Hours per week (%FTE): 80% FTE (4 days / 29.2 hrs)
Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £34,635 - £41,864 per annum (Salary pro-rata for part time vacancies)

Duties and Responsibilities

UCL Institute of Health Informatics invites applications for a Trial Search Co-ordinator with Cochrane Heart.

The Appointee will work closely with review authors in identifying studies for inclusion in their reviews and will take responsibility for maintaining and developing the Group’s Specialised Register of trials. The post holder will be a key part of a small team, responsible for assisting review authors through the process of preparing and updating reviews for publication in the Cochrane Library.

The post holder will be required to work four days per week. The appointment is for a 12 month maternity cover, starting in June 2018. Candidates wishing to job share would be considered.  The successful candidate will be based at the Institute of Health Informatics at 222 Euston Road.

Key Requirements

The post holder will contribute to the publication of systematic reviews in the field of heart disease. The successful candidate will have a qualification in librarianship or information science but others with appropriate experience are also welcome to apply.  Knowledge of medical terminology, the Cochrane Collaboration and/or the Cochrane Library and experience of critical appraisal of the systematic review process would be desirable.

Further Details

Informal enquiries: If you wish to discuss the posts informally, please contact Professor JP Casas, email: jp.casas@ucl.ac.uk.

For more information and to apply, please see full job discription here.

Closing Date: 8 Apr 2018
Interview date: 26 April 2018 Monday, March 19, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Media and External Communications Officer - London, UK preferred

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:02

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: Flexible; London, UK prefered
Application Closing Date: 11/04/2018

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by identifying, appraising and synthesizing individual research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed.

Our work is recognized as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. We want to be the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care across the world.

Job Description: This new role, as part of Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation (KT) department. This role will be responsible for leading and managing Cochrane’s media and external communications to raise the profile and impact of Cochrane and evidence informed healthcare, and to support the organization’s strategic and knowledge translation aims and operational activities. Some of the key tasks include:

  • Contribute to the implementation of Cochrane’s Knowledge Translations Strategy within the thematic area of ‘packaging and push,’ which describes a programme of work bridging production, dissemination and support to implementation through creating fit for purpose reviews and disseminating these effectively.
  • Work, establish, and build new relationships with Cochrane authors and Review Groups and Networks to support, mentor and enhance their communications and social media activities.
  • Establish new, and maintain relationships with key international media outlets, health and science correspondents, journalists, producers and editors.
  • Eork as part of a core Central Executive team to create media campaigns, press releases, spokesperson statements and other KT audience-focused content and resources.
  • Act as main focal point for all reactive media requests and manage them effectively and efficiently.

Requirements: We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • A degree or equivalent experience working within an external communications and media environment, or in journalism, and/or in a similar role.
  • Demonstrable experience of advising and implementing a media, social media and communications strategy in conjunction with others; and proven success in communicating the vision and mission of an organization.
  •    Proven ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments.
  •    Proven ability to work alongside varied teams in different cultural and linguistic settings.
  •    Impressive interpersonal skills both in person and through teleconferences and webinars.
  •    An excellent understanding of multi-media platforms and how to successfully implement effective strategies to achieve the Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation’s operational objectives.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to work flexibly including outside normal working hours to accommodate different time-zones, and sporadic international travel.
  • Commitment to Cochrane’s mission and principles.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Media and External Communications Officer” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.

Deadline for applications: Wed 11 April 2018 (12 midnight GMT)
Interviews to be held on: week of 16 April 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018 Category: Jobs

An international network for public involvement and engagement in health and social care research

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 02:23
Cochrane has recently helped to launch the International Network for Public Involvement and Engagement in Health and Social Care Research (#globalPPInetwork).

Patient and public involvement (PPI) can be defined as research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. Some countries and organisations use different terms, including ‘consumer involvement’ and ‘public engagement’ to mean this same activity. Patient involvement in research ensures that it better reflects the needs and priorities of patients, carers and the public.

Richard Morley, Cochrane’s Consumer Engagement Officer explained: “This is an exciting moment. I believe that by joining together and building the #globalPPInetwork, it will support international and regional health and research organisations to create a paradigm shift in the culture and practice of involvement and engagement in research”.

Cochrane is joined by representative from COMET, NIHR, INVOLVE, and Warwick Medical School.

To launch the #globalPPInetwork an official launch meeting was made with thirty three representatives from ten countries. Participants ranged from PPI ‘practitioners’ and managers, involved members of the public, researchers, policy makers, and health professionals. Simon Denegri, NIHR commented: ‘Our sense is that everyone has come away from the international network event feeling excited and enthused but also realistic and pragmatic about the challenges and opportunities ahead. Our sincere thanks to you all for helping us get to this point with great insights, contributions and discussion on the day.’

Next steps include a series of webinars and a meeting in person at the Royal Society, London and also online on 22nd May 2018. Follow the conversation on Twitter #globalPPInetwork

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stipends now open for Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:09
Stipend applications open until Friday 27 April 2018A number of stipends and bursaries are available to help consumers and other attendees based in developing countries to attend Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018.

The stipends (funding you can apply for, if eligible) are to help cover registration, travel, accommodation, and other expenses associated with attending the 2018 Colloquium.

Cochrane are providing stipends for: 1) Cochrane Consumers; 2) individuals living in low-, lower-middle-, (LMIC) and upper-middle-income countries (UMIC); 3) students living in LMIC and UMIC countries.

The deadline for applying is Friday 27 April 2018.

Find out whether you are eligible and how to apply. 

Further information: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Cochrane Library App

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 23:00

The Cochrane Library App presents the latest up-to-date evidence from the Cochrane Library in a convenient, easy to navigate format which provides you with relevant, accessible research, when you need it, from the world’s leading experts in evidence-informed health care.

All content in the app is free, and new issues will download regularly to your Newsstand.

Our monthly issues feature a hand-picked selection of Cochrane Systematic Reviews, specifically abridged to provide the best possible reading experience. The themed sections in every issue are colour-coded throughout so that you can easily find content relevant to you. The Bookmark feature allows you to create your own special collection of Cochrane Reviews across issues. Additionally, the title page for every review includes a link to the full version of the review available on the Cochrane Library.

Our main review this month is 'Workplace interventions for reducing sitting at work'.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cochrane is delighted to announce the official launch of Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:31
Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina is delighted to announce that today it has officially become a new Cochrane Geographic Group.

Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina will be located at the University of Mostar School of Medicine in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in South-Eastern Europe with a population of 3 791 622 people.

Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina will promote evidence-based decision making in health care in Bosnia and Herzegovina by supporting and training new Bosnian and Herzegovinian authors of Cochrane Reviews, as well as working with clinicians, professional associations, policy-makers, patients, and the media to encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence.

Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. Cochrane works with collaborators from more than 130 countries to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Cochrane’s work is recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina is an Affiliate of Cochrane Croatia; therefore, it will be co-ordinated and led by Cochrane Croatia who will offer methodological support, mentoring, and supervision.

The Director of Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina, Filipa Markotić, says this is a hugely exciting opportunity: “The launch of Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina is very important, both to Bosnia and Herzegovina and globally. Producing and increasing the dissemination of the best available information on health care is critical for clinicians and patients everywhere in the world, including Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Cochrane’s CEO Mark Wilson, warmly welcomed today’s news, “I am delighted we are announcing Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina which, by working closely together, will deepen and expand the scope, reach, and impact of Cochrane activities on health and healthcare decision making across Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is also an important announcement for global health research. Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina will promote recognition of studies conducted and published in Bosnia and Herzegovina and this will not only increase access to evidence, but also promote sharing of clinical experience across the country, and the world.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for scientific growth, and gives us the chance to train students and a future generation that will develop high-quality research. Our chance to support health professionals in improving their decision making based on the best available evidence will support patient care.” Jelena Todorović Barbuscia, Cochrane Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Co-Director concluded, “This is an innovation for our region and we intend to collaborate in the dissemination of Cochrane Reviews and to continue supporting Cochrane to reach its 2020 strategic objectives.”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Cochrane Epilepsy and Cochrane Movement Disorders seeks Research Assistant - Liverpool, UK

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 17:55

The  purpose  of  this  post  is  to  undertake  systematic  reviews  and  support  review  development  within
Cochrane  Epilepsy  and Cochrane  Movement  Disorders.  This  will  include  working  with  current reviewers to undertake or complete new reviews, or update existing reviews. This work is funded by a
new  programme  grant entitled ‘Clinical  effective  treatments  for  Central  Nervous  System  disorders  in  the
NHS,  with  a  focus  on  Epilepsy  and  Movement  Disorders’, from  the  National  Institute  for  Health  Research (NIHR).  This grant  will  fund a  multidisciplinary  team  including  systematic  reviewers,  statisticians,  and
clinicians  who  will  work  together  to  deliver  the  programme  of  work.  The  team  includes  members  of  the Cochrane   Epilepsy   Group,   the   Cochrane   Movement   Disorders   Group,   the   Liverpool   Reviews   and Implementation  Group  (LRiG)  and  the  Department  of  Biostatistics.  A  number  of  epilepsy  and  movement
disorders reviews will be in methodologically challenging areas such as reviews using individual patient data,
network meta-analysis reviews and prognosis reviews.

Qualified to MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area is essential, and experience of undertaking Cochrane systematic reviews is highly desirable. You will also have quantitative skills including the ability to manipulate and interpret statistical data and information with a good understanding of evidence-based medicine.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 Category: Jobs

International Women’s Day: Cochrane Indonesia’s Director reflects on her continued contributions to maternal and perinatal health and the work of Cochrane

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:12

 To celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March),  Cochrane Indonesia’s Director Dr Detty Nurdiati reflects on her continued contributions to maternal and perinatal health and the work of Cochrane.

Despite rising prosperity, over 40 women die in childbirth every day in Indonesia. It’s an intractable national health statistic that represents loss and suffering on a scale that Dr Detty Nurdiati has long been determined to change. Her many endeavours in research, teaching and patient care over three decades give clear expression to what is a deep personal and professional commitment to maternal and child health. 

‘I know my dream is very big,’ Detty says. ‘But for me, work in this area is what you might call very addictive. The more you learn, the more you work and the more you love it.’ This is evident in Detty’s many clinical and academic roles, and her extensive contributions to many organisations. As well as caring for mothers at her private obstetrics practice, she does the rounds at Yogyakarta’s Dr Sardjito Hospital, heads the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Universitas Gadjah Mada, and provides training to clinicians, midwives and other health workers.

In recent years, Detty pioneered Indonesia’s first health and social care program for victims of domestic violence, based at Yogyakarta’s Dr Sardjito Hospital. ‘This is work we began with tear drops in our eyes,’ Detty explains. ‘It’s hard and tough, but I love this work and am happy our program has now become a model for others. We have a hidden shelter for the women and children; and clinicians, social workers, psychologists and NGOs work together to provide real help to these victims of violence. We have become a model for other hospitals who are now setting up similar programs.’

Detty’s role in establishing this program is characteristically bold. As a young doctor, Detty made the big decision to study for her PhD in Europe. ‘It was definitely a culture shock for me, but also a bit of a surprise for people in Sweden too!’ she laughs. ‘I was a mother of five children who wore a hijab who came all the way from Indonesia to study abroad for five years – that was seen as very unusual in the early 1990s. But everyone was so kind and helpful to me. During those years I was excited to read of Iain Chalmers’ work in effective care in pregnancy and childbirth, and had the chance to visit Oxford where I met many people involved with the beginnings of Cochrane. So it’s no coincidence that my love for evidence-based medicine (EBM) grew bigger and bigger.’ 

Detty returned to Indonesia and was instrumental in integrating EBM into the curriculum at Faculty of Medicine UGM as part of an ambitious agenda to help both individuals and institutions contribute to better knowledge, health and practice. This has since spread to include midwives, physiotherapists, librarians and other health workers. ‘I see so many midwives who are eager to learn. They want to both use evidence and contribute to the evidence base. Often in Indonesia we don’t have access to the equipment or medicine we need, and this is the art of EBM here – gathering and adapting evidence so it is relevant and useful to our circumstances.’

Recognising the importance of generating local evidence, Detty and her team joined two major international collaborative projects that represent Cochrane’s beginnings in Indonesia - SEA-ORCHID and SEA-URCHIN. ‘These two projects, focusing on care during childbirth and preventing neonatal infection, gave us the chance to build our capacity not only as users of evidence, but as producers and providers of evidence. We built up a network of researchers and teachers of evidence-based health care across Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.’  

More recently, Detty was part of the expert working group providing evidence synthesis advice to inform the Evidence Summit on Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia, convened by the Ministry of Health and the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. ‘The Summit was really a challenge for us in terms of gathering and analysing our own national evidence according to systematic review methods. It’s clear that we need to teach people here how to produce and provide high quality evidence that we can use to inform policy and practice.’ 

‘The good news is Cochrane Indonesia will now have greater capacity for training and a more visible platform to advocate for increasing the capacity within Indonesia to conduct and use systematic reviews. We now have the opportunity to provide technical expertise and advice to the Ministry of Health and focus on knowledge translation in our region. The translation of Cochrane findings into Bahasa will be a key part of this. Given we have a population of 260 million people, the majority of whom don’t speak English, this is very important.’  

‘Ultimately we are looking forward to making greater progress producing evidence for daily practice and policy in our country, the way we have seen many other Cochrane colleagues doing around the world since the organisation first began.’ 

When asked about the source of the endless energy and enthusiasm needed to realise these big aims and ambitions, Detty answers without hesitation. ‘I have so much motivation from within myself and my family,’ she says. ‘You might say I have hidden memories of being a young mother myself, breastfeeding babies and caring for small children. I have memories of attending the deliveries of all my grandchildren and in my work each day now I am seeing healthy mothers and healthy babies. All this makes me happy. It makes me more and more powerful in my work.’

Image: Dr Detty Nurdiati
Words: Shauna Hurley

Thursday, March 8, 2018

CIS Support Team Member - flexible location

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 21:22

Specifications: Part Time, 0.2 FTE, Fixed Term (to Dec 2018)
Salary: Competitive
Location: Flexible
Application Closing Date: 23/03/2018

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by identifying, appraising and synthesizing individual research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed.

Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. We want to be the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care across the world.

Job Description: The successful candidate will join the existing Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team which provides introductory and ongoing support and training related to Cochrane editorial processes, information technology, and study identification methods to the Cochrane Information Specialist (CIS) community. Support and training is guided by the needs of practicing CISs and current Cochrane policies and technology developments. The post is available for a fixed term of one year.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have appropriate library or information science qualifications, current or recent experience of working as a CIS in a CRG, field or Center, an understanding of information, retrieval methodologies, particularly as they apply to the production of systematic reviews, experience in biomedical database searching, e.g. The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, Embase, trial registries, etc.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “CIS Support Team Member” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 23/01/2017 (12 midnight GMT)

Monday, March 5, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Team Administrator - London, UK

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:47

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Up to £24,000 DOE
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 18th March 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in Administration to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

The Team Administrator will provide an effective and efficient administrative support service to the Finance and Core Services Team.

Key Tasks:

  • Under the supervision of the Finance Manager provide purchase ledger support
  • Provide administrative support to the remotely based Contracts manager
  • Assist the Office manager in providing administrative support

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Previous experience of providing administrative support to a team
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately
  • A flexible approach with the ability to respond quickly to issues as they arise
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving
  • Awareness of handling confidential and sensitive information

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Team Administrator” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

Friday, March 2, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks HR Manager - London, UK

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 16:07

Specifications: Full Time 
Salary: Competitive
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 18th March 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in HR Management to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

The HR Manager will provide and manage a high quality, responsive, efficient and effective Human Resources function for Cochrane and its subsidiaries.

Working alongside our other HR Manager, this role provides leadership and management across the Central Executive Team on all HR matters.

Key responsibilities:
  • Provide HR support and advice to the Head of Finance and Core Services, Chief Executive Officer and other senior managers and Central Executive Team so that Cochrane’s HR policies and practice are legally compliant and supportive of the organisation’s mission and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain good employee relations within Cochrane through a thorough knowledge of the whole organisation and understanding of its objectives.
  • Provide leadership and project management for HR-related projects in order to improve the general HR service and to meet individual and organisational objectives

Key areas:

  • Recruitment and on-boarding
  • Talent attraction and management
  • Employee Relations,
  • People Relations for secondment and consultancy contracts
  • Learning and Development
  • Monitoring and managing HR data
  • Reviewing and implementing policies across the organisation
  • Reviewing and overseeing the HR appraisals process
  • Maintain effective and supportive relationships throughout the business
  • Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • CIPD qualification equivalent to Level 7
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a fully operational HR service comprising generalist advice, payroll, benefits, learning & development and change management
  • Experience of scoping and implementing HRIS systems
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, adapting quickly to rapidly changing situations
  • Up to date working knowledge of employment legislation.
  • Experience of coaching and supporting managers
  • Self-confidence, personal credibility and the ability to support and challenge others appropriately
  • Good understanding of and the ability to apply the principles of confidentiality
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and productively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Good understanding and application of the principles of Equal Opportunities in a HR context
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Pragmatism and problem-solving skills and the ability to think creatively when faced with new problems
  • Commitment to Cochrane’s mission and values.

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “HR Manager” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post, together with your salary expectations.

  • For further information, please download the full job description.
  • Deadline for applications: 18th March 2018 (12 midnight GMT)
  • Interviews to be held on: 27th March 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 Category: Jobs

Launch of Cochrane Indonesia to boost production and use of trusted health evidence in Indonesia

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 19:22

In a significant step for national health research and training, Cochrane Indonesia was launched today at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.

Cochrane’s global CEO Mark Wilson travelled from London to join Cochrane Indonesia’s Director Dr Detty Nurdiati at a formal ceremony to inaugurate the high-profile, independent research organisation’s newest centre.

‘Cochrane Indonesia is an important and active part of Cochrane’s global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health consisting of more than  38,000 people from 130 countries,’ Mr Wilson says. ‘And today’s launch represents the culmination of over a decade of work by Dr Detty Nurdiati and her colleagues at both Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Indonesia.’

‘Since 2004, the team has been working to increase the role and impact of high quality health evidence in daily clinical practice, in education and training, and in public policy making – particularly in the critical area of maternal and child health. Today we recognize this work and look forward to increasing our shared efforts to ensure evidence is at the very centre of health research, care and policy in Indonesia.’  

Dr Nurdiati welcomed Mr Wilson’s comments and highlighted the increasing need for locally relevant and up-to-date health evidence to inform policy making and health care. ‘The successful implementation of Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional demands high quality evidence and skilled people with the capacity to gather, synthesize and use evidence. Within Cochrane Indonesia, we have the essential knowledge and expertise to meet this need,’ she said.

‘Cochrane produces gold standard health evidence that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. It is used and trusted by individuals, governments, policy-makers and major organisations around the world, from the World Health Organization to Wikipedia. Doctors, nurses, researchers and health professionals in hospitals, universities and community health clinics here in Indonesia and around the world use Cochrane evidence to underpin health decisions, policies and clinical care guidelines for patients. This is the kind of information that is critical to contemporary medicine and public health.’

‘We know that relying on a single research study to guide clinical practice or health policy can be very misleading. Instead of looking selectively at single studies, Cochrane undertakes what are called systematic reviews –these are comprehensive reviews that consider evidence from research studies from around the world. We gather and analyze all this evidence and look at how it can best be used to develop policy and effective care in Indonesia.’

To date, Cochrane evidence has been used to improve care for pregnant women and their babies, with improved guidelines introduced for the treatment of pre-eclampsia, iron supplementation and education for breastfeeding mothers. Cochrane Indonesia aims to extend this evidence based approach to maternal and child health across all areas of health.

‘We will be working with the Ministry of Health to inform policy and practice and importantly, we will continue to train current and future generations of clinicians, midwives and other health professionals in evidence based medicine,’ Dr Nurdiati said. ‘This is part of an ambitious program to make trusted health evidence more accessible to all Indonesians. To that end, we will also be translating high quality Cochrane evidence into Bahasa, so that more of our clinicians, health workers, journalists and citizens can access the information they need to make health decisions. Together, we will contribute to better health care for people from around Indonesia, and ultimately around the world.’

Press conference details for Monday 5 March 2018

Date: Monday 5 March 2018
Time:
12.00-12.30pm
Location:
Executive Room, KPTU Building, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Panel:

  • Mr Mark Wilson, Global CEO, Cochrane
  • Dr Detty Nurdiati, Director of Cochrane Indonesia
  • Prof Siti Setiati, Head of Afiliate Center of Cochrane Indonesia

Opportunities for journalists:

  • Q & A session
  • Photo opportunities
For all media inquiries about Cochrane Indonesia and the official launch, contact:

Dr Rima Mustafa
Phone: +62-274-560455 or +62 821 3421 6359
Email: rima.mustafa@ymail.com

Monday, March 5, 2018

New Cochrane Review evidence suggests that nutritional labelling on menus in restaurants and cafes may reduce our calorie intake

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:31

New evidence published in the Cochrane Library shows that adding calorie labels to menus and next to food in restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias could reduce the calories that people consume, although the quality of evidence is low.

Eating too many calories contributes to people becoming overweight and increases the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers, which are among the leading causes of poor health and premature death.

Several studies have looked at whether putting nutritional labels on food and non-alcoholic drinks might have an impact on their purchasing or consumption, but their findings have been mixed. Now, a team of Cochrane researchers has brought together the results of studies evaluating the effects of nutritional labels on purchasing and consumption in a systematic review.

The team reviewed the evidence to establish whether, and by how much, nutritional labels on food or non-alcoholic drinks affect the amount of food or drink people choose, buy, eat, or drink. They considered studies in which the labels had to include information on the nutritional or calorie content of the food or drink. They excluded those including only logos (e.g. ticks or stars) or interpretative colours (e.g. ‘traffic light’ labelling) to indicate healthier and unhealthier foods. In total, the researchers included evidence from 28 studies, of which 11 assessed the impact of nutritional labelling on purchasing and 17 assessed the impact of labelling on consumption.

The team combined results from three studies where calorie labels were added to menus or put next to food in restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias. For a typical lunch with an intake of 600 calories, such as a slice of pizza and a soft drink, labelling may reduce the energy content of food purchased by about 8% (48 calories). The authors judged the studies to have potential flaws that could have biased the results.

Combining results from eight studies carried out in artificial or laboratory settings could not show with certainty whether adding labels would have an impact on calories consumed. However, when the studies with potential flaws in their methods were removed, the three remaining studies showed that such labels could reduce calories consumed by about 12% per meal. The team noted that there was still some uncertainty around this effect and that further well-conducted studies are needed to establish the size of the effect with more precision.

The review’s lead author, Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge (UK), says: “This evidence suggests that using nutritional labelling could help reduce calorie intake and make a useful impact as part of a wider set of measures aimed at tackling obesity.” She added, “There is no ‘magic bullet’ to solve the obesity problem, so while calorie labelling may help, other measures to reduce calorie intake are also needed.”

Fellow author Professor Susan Jebb from the University of Oxford commented: “Some outlets are already providing calorie information to help customers make informed choices about what to purchase. This review should provide policymakers with the confidence to introduce measures to encourage or even require calorie labelling on menus and next to food and non-alcoholic drinks in coffee shops, cafeterias, and restaurants.”

The researchers were unable to reach firm conclusions about the effect of labelling on calories purchased from grocery stores or vending machines because of the limited evidence available. They added that future research would also benefit from a more diverse consideration of the possible wider impacts of nutritional labelling, including impacts on those producing and selling food, as well as consumers.

Expert reactions to the Cochrane Review:

Professor Ian Caterson, President of the World Obesity Federation, commented: “Energy labelling has been shown to be effective: people see it and read it and there is a resulting decrease in calories purchased. This is very useful to know – combined with a suite of other interventions, such changes will help slow and eventually turn around the continuing rise in body weight.”

Responding to the new Cochrane Review evidence on nutritional labelling on menus in restaurants and cafes, Caroline Cerny, Obesity Health Alliance Lead, said: “Too often food in restaurants or cafes can be a large portion size and packed with hidden ingredients such as salt or sugar, so it’s very easy to eat more calories than you need. It makes sense that when we know the nutritional content of the food we’re eating, the more likely it is that we’ll make healthier choices. This important research shows that clear labelling of the food we eat out of home, as is increasingly on display on supermarket products, is an important step to empowering people to make informed choices when it comes to eating.”

Dr Amelia Lake, Associate Director of Fuse: the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, and Dietitian and Reader in Public Health Nutrition at Teesside University, said: “As a society we obtain a significant amount of food and drink outside of our home environment.  This out of home food environment is incredibly important in determining what we eat.  In general there is little evidence about what interventions may be effective in changing our behaviours in cafes, restaurants, takeaways, or even vending machines....[T]his intervention needs to be used alongside other interventions addressing both calorie intake and expenditure.  It is one piece of the intervention jigsaw that may help in addressing the obesity crisis.”

Prof Peymané Adab, Professor of Public Health, The University of Birmingham, said: “This is a high standard study which has considered the quality of the underlying research....The overview has shown that higher quality studies are needed to increase our confidence about the benefits of labelling.  In particular we don’t know whether those who alter their food purchasing or consumption are those that would most benefit, or whether such labelling could differentially benefit only subgroups of the population, thus widening inequalities.  We also don’t know whether nutritional labels could have other impacts, such as substitution with less healthy alternatives or on total calories consumed over a longer time period.  Information on calories alone does not tell us about the overall quality of the food (e.g. amount of salt, vitamins etc.) and we need more research to know whether or not choosing lower calorie foods at one point in the day could lead to compensatory overconsumption by choosing something more highly calorific later.  Finally, the effects of nutritional labelling on the reformulation of products by food manufacturers and menu choices offered by restauranteurs also need to be studied.”

Prof Brian Ratcliffe, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition, Robert Gordon University, said: "...The evidence is not strong that nutritional labelling, especially of energy (calories), has a significant impact on consumer choice.  It is imperative, however, that as much information is given at point of selection so that consumers can make informed comparative choices.  If you are watching your weight and one dessert is flagged as 100 kcal (sorbet) while others are around 300 kcal (sticky toffee pudding), then the right choice is clear.  Even modest reductions of up to 10% in energy intake when eating out could help individuals who are trying to control their calories.”

Prof Judith Buttriss, Director General, British Nutrition Foundation, said: “It is good news that efforts already being taken by some high street chains to influence calorie intake through provision of information on menus and at the point of sale may have a positive effect.  Hopefully this will encourage others to adopt this approach as part of a suite of ‘nudges’ designed to encourage healthier choices."

Full citation: Crockett RA, King SE, Marteau TM, Prevost AT, Bignardi G, Roberts NW, Stubbs B, Hollands GJ, Jebb SA. Nutritional labelling for healthier food or non-alcoholic drink purchasing and consumption. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009315. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD009315.pub2

For further information, please contact:
Jo Anthony
Senior Media and Communications Officer, Cochrane
M +44(0) 7582 726 634 E janthony@cochrane.org or pressoffice@cochrane.org

Craig Brierley
Head of Research Communications
University of Cambridge
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Mob: +44 (0)7957 468218
Email: craig.brierley@admin.cam.ac.uk 

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cochrane seeks Membership CRM Manager

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:21

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Up to £40,000 DOE
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 16th March 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in Membership CRM Management to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

In 2017 Cochrane launched a new contribution-based membership scheme underpinned by the deployment of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system (SugarCRM). This is a significant step forward in developing our engagement strategy with current and potential contributors through which we hope to provide a great experience for everyone involved in Cochrane.

As part of the new Membership, Learning and Support Services team within Cochrane’s Central Executive, the Membership CRM Manager will be responsible with the Head of Department for management and development of Cochrane’s membership scheme; and use her/his expertise in SugarCRM to continuously improve our member experience and develop the role of the CRM in providing insights for organisational decision-making.  The post holder will also manage Cochrane’s Learning Record Store system.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Extensive knowledge of CRM, including experience of using SugarCRM, preferably in a membership setting.
  • Experience of managing a membership scheme.
  • Experience in advanced CRM system administration skills and experience of developing CRM reporting to meet business needs.
  • Experience with software and systems related to customer service (e.g., Jira, Fogbugz); email marketing (e.g., Mailchimp); website content management systems (e.g., Drupal).
  • Knowledge of data protection requirements related to a CRM system; in particular, how that affects communications.
  • Experience in providing excellent customer service, training and support to others, including good attention to detail to ensure that users are always receiving accurate information.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including experience in communicating technical content, and working with people from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and being able to tailor communications accordingly.
  • Project management skills and experience of managing external suppliers.
  • Ability to solve creatively problems based on prior experience and knowledge of the systems and products.
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, with excellent organisation and time management skills, including the ability to work to deadlines under limited supervision.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to Cochrane’s mission and values.

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

This role would ideally be located in our Cochrane Central Executive Team office in London, UK; however a flexible location would be possible for the right candidate.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Membership CRM Manager” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 16th March 2018(12 midnight GMT)

Interviews to be held on: w/c 26th March 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Cardiology - Oxford, UK

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:16

Job Reference: 918-RX2446

Employer: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

Department:  Clinical Directorate

Location:   Oxford

Salary: £30,605 to £48,123 pa

Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiology or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years or 3 years part time.

This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.

This work will build on the work of an established research group, who plan to perform four complex (network meta-analysis) systematic reviews on use of alternatives to transfusion in cardiac, vascular, and orthopaedic surgery, and trauma.

You will co-ordinate half of the project (research on cardiac and vascular surgery) under the direct supervision of Dr Lise Estcourt and Ms Susan Brunskill as well as support from other clinicians, scientists and managers within NHSBT. Support for conducting systematic reviews, national and local audits of practice and laboratory work will be provided by NHSBT clinical and laboratory research groups.

Along with demonstration of skills and knowledge appropriate to the level of training in haematology, it is vital you have an interest in clinical research and effective health care. You should have the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team. Additional essential expertise expected will include organisational ability, computer literacy and fluent writing skills.

Training in clinical research and systematic review methodology will be provided. It is expected that you will register and submit this work for a higher degree.

The post would suit an established Specialist Trainee in Cardiology or Anaesthetics looking to undertake clinical research. The post requires a high calibre individual, motivated to succeed and the necessary inter-personal skills to manage a large collaborative, cross-disciplinary national project. A demonstrable interest in clinical research and an ability to work within a team are essential. It is expected that the output of this work would lead to high impact publications, national and international oral presentations and the necessary skills to develop a careers as a clinical researcher. Salary according to qualifications and experience based on the NHSBT Clinical Research Fellow local payscale.

Informal Enquiries about this post are encouraged and should be directed to Dr Lise Estcourt (lise.estcourt@nhsbt.nhs.uk).

Closing Date: 07/03/2018. Interviews will be held in late March.

 

Applications should be made through www.jobs.nhs.uk, using job reference Job Reference: 918-RX2446

 

Friday, February 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Orthopaedics - Oxford, UK

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:08
NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Orthopaedics
Job Reference: 918-RX2435

Employer: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

Department:  Clinical Directorate

Location:   Oxford

Salary: £30,605 to £48,123 pa

Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Orthopaedics or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.

This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.

This work will build on the work of an established research group, who plan to perform four complex (network meta-analysis) systematic reviews on use of alternatives to transfusion in cardiac, vascular, and orthopaedic surgery, and trauma.

You will co-ordinate half of the project (research on trauma and orthopaedic surgery) under the direct supervision of Dr Lise Estcourt and Ms Susan Brunskill[WJ1] as well as support from other clinicians, scientists and managers within NHSBT. Support for conducting systematic reviews, national and local audits of practice and laboratory work will be provided by NHSBT clinical and laboratory research groups.

Along with demonstration of skills and knowledge appropriate to the level of training in haematology, it is vital you have an interest in clinical research and effective health care. You should have the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team. Additional essential expertise expected will include organisational ability, computer literacy and fluent writing skills.

Training in clinical research and systematic review methodology will be provided. It is expected that you will register and submit this work for a higher degree.

The post would suit an established Specialist Trainee in Cardiology or Anaesthetics looking to undertake clinical research. The post requires a high calibre individual, motivated to succeed and the necessary inter-personal skills to manage a large collaborative, cross-disciplinary national project. A demonstrable interest in clinical research and an ability to work within a team are essential. It is expected that the output of this work would lead to high impact publications, national and international oral presentations and the necessary skills to develop a careers as a clinical researcher. Salary according to qualifications and experience based on the NHSBT Clinical Research Fellows local payscale

Informal Enquiries about this post are encouraged and should be directed to Dr Lise Estcourt (lise.estcourt@nhsbt.nhs.uk).

Closing Date:

07/03/2018

Interviews will be held late March

Applications should be made through www.jobs.nhs.uk, using job reference Job reference 918-RX2435

Friday, February 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

Translated Cochrane evidence

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:00

Bringing you Cochrane evidence in 14 different languages
 
Making Cochrane evidence accessible to non-English speakers is a priority for us. More than 5,000 translations of Cochrane Review plain language summaries/abstracts were published in 2017. Translation activities are led by local Cochrane groups and their translator communities, the majority of which are volunteer based. Due to the length of Cochrane Reviews, our teams focus on the abstract and or the Plain Language Summary.
 
Find Cochrane evidence in different languages: Cochrane evidence is currently translated into 14 languages: Croatian, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, and Traditional Chinese. Each language has its own version of cochrane.org; you can view translations by clicking on the languages that appear across the top of each page.

Cochrane Podcasts in different languages: Cochrane podcasts offer a short summary of a recent Cochrane review and have been recorded in 33 languages.

 Cochrane Blogshots in different languages: Cochrane blogshots, first developed by Cochrane UK, have been translated into a variety of languages. Check out our  Cochrane Tumblr accounts in English, Russian, and Spanish t to view some of them - also !

Most translated Reviews: The links below will take you to the English language version of our most translated Reviews. Languages these Reviews have been translated into are listed across the top of the page. To read the Review in another language, simply click on the language and it will take you to the translation.

Our translation achievements in an infographic (see larger version in new tab):

Friday, July 27, 2018

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