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Personal experiences or anecdotes (stories) are an unreliable basis for assessing the effects of most treatments

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:39

This blog explains why personal experience, or a series of personal experiences, can be misleading. Just because an individual got better after using a treatment does not mean that other people who receive the same treatment will also improve, or that the treatment is responsible – ‘regression to the mean’ tells us that experiences such as pain may improve anyway without treatment.

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Travel-related measures for controlling the spread of COVID-19: new Cochrane evidence

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 16:17

Sarah Chapman looks at a new Cochrane rapid review with evidence on the effectiveness of travel-related measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Web accessibility and Evidently Cochrane: making our blog more accessible to all

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:04

Students at City University, London carried out an evaluation of Evidently Cochrane to assess how accessible the site is for people with various impairments. This blog explains the key changes we have since made to improve the blog's accessibility.

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Managing chronic pain in adults: the latest evidence on psychological therapies

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 09:38

In this blog for people affected by chronic pain and those who support and work with them, Dr. Amanda C de C Williams discusses the findings of her team’s latest Cochrane Review on psychological therapies.

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Cochrane evidence on COVID-19: a round-up

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:23

Sarah Chapman highlights Cochrane evidence on COVID-19 and other health effects of the pandemic, with links to reviews, blogs and other Cochrane resources.

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Community pharmacists offering lifestyle advice: what’s the evidence for this approach?

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:37

Adam Todd a community pharmacist and Robert Walton a general practitioner examine the latest Cochrane evidence on whether community pharmacies can provide effective lifestyle advice.

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Malignant pleural effusions (MPE): new evidence on management

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:19

A blog for physicians on Cochrane evidence on the optimal management strategy for patients with malignant pleural effusions.

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Cochrane UK Consumer Champions: another step towards better patient and public involvement

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 10:18

Emma Doble and Marta Santos introduce the Cochrane UK Consumer Champions initiative and invite applications

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Domestic abuse: help and evidence for abused women and those supporting them.

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 08:35

A blog about what domestic abuse is, sources of help for women experiencing it, and evidence from Cochrane Reviews.

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Patients as Poets: patients’ and carers’ experiences of living with advanced illness

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:17

Qualitative researchers Marilyn Kendall and Scott Murray reflect on the importance of patients' and carers' illness accounts for getting to the heart of what matters to people and share some ‘found’ poems that have emerged from their stories.

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Induction of labour: if, and when, to induce

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 09:00

In this blog for pregnant women and those supporting them, Associate Professor Philippa Middleton and co-authors discuss their recently updated Cochrane Review looking at the effects for women and their babies of inducing labour towards the end of pregnancy.

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Do long-sighted children need to wear glasses?

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 08:22

Salma Ahmad and Catherine Suttle address some questions about whether long-sighted children need to wear glasses, with the help of recent Cochrane evidence.

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Signs and symptoms of COVID-19: new Cochrane evidence

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:40

Sarah Chapman looks at a new Cochrane Review on how useful signs and symptoms are for diagnosing COVID-19.

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Central venous catheter (CVC) management: evidence round-up

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 15:08

Cochrane evidence on central venous catheter (CVC) management in a blog for nurses.

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Antibody tests for COVID-19: new evidence on test accuracy and some considerations

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 09:46

Sarah Chapman looks at the evidence from a new Cochrane rapid review on the accuracy of antibody tests for COVID-19.

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Loneliness in older people: could video calls help?

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 08:47

Sarah Chapman looks at a Cochrane rapid review on whether video calls can reduce loneliness in older people.

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MMR vaccines: do they work and are they safe?

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 06:52

Siobhan McCormack looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on MMR vaccination and at guidance on vaccination during the COVID19 pandemic.

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