Cochrane January-March 2019: highlights from Q1

'Cochrane exists so that healthcare decisions get better.’ That is the first sentence of our Strategy to 2020 that aims to put Cochrane evidence at the heart of health decision-making all over the world. Here’s a look back at some key highlights of our work in the first quarter of 2019, from January to March.

Cochrane began preparations for its annual flagship event, Cochrane’s Colloquium in Santiago, Chile 22-25 October, 2019. During this time, many Cochrane contributors submitted abstracts as part of the scientific programme, this year ‘embracing diversity’. We also opened the call for hosts for the second Global Evidence Summit in 2021, a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural event to exchange ideas about how we best produce, summarize and disseminate evidence to inform policy and practice, and using that evidence to improve people’s lives across the world. 

In Q1 2019, we saw the many ways people are using and accessing our health evidence. An international group of researchers found Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to be the 
most referenced health-related journal on Wikipedia. The World Health Organization published guidelines for malaria vector control, drawing on seven Cochrane reviews specially prepared for them by the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group. We also started a new online series that collects stories about how Cochrane evidence is being used - from in the workplace,  in clinical practice, to in everyday life.

We saw our global reach and impact expanded with the Launch of Cochrane ColombiaCochrane Ireland, a Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth satellite group established in the United States. Cochrane’s status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization was renewed at WHO’s Executive Board meeting in January2019.  We increased our reach with a younger audience, PhD and med students and early-career professionals with the launch of Cochrane on Instagram.  We also delivered training  with eight news Cochane Learning Live webinars attracting 548 attendees.

In Q1 2019, we announced that approximately  2.1 billion people have free one-click access to the Cochrane Library. We released two Special Collections: one that highlighted the 'Best of 2018' on the Cochrane Library and another on 'Diagnosing tuberculosis' that was part of World Tuberculosis Day.

 While we published many systematic reviews in Q1, we  highlighted 10 Cochrane Reviews with a feature news item on our website, an interview with the author, or a press release. We had 1,987 pieces of global media coverage in Q1 2019.

Many clinical areas, diseases, and conditions have annual global awareness days. These are important moments to shine the spotlight on available Cochrane evidence related to this important health topic.  Since January 2019, we have disseminated Cochrane evidence as part of the following global health campaigns: 

Cochrane podcast offers a short summary of a recent Cochrane review from the authors themselves. They have been recorded in 33 languages and are brief, allowing everyone from healthcare professionals to patients and families to hear the latest Cochrane evidence in under five minutes. In Q1 2019, we published 11 new English podcasts and 36 podcasts were translated  and recorded in 6 languages. You can view and search our entire catalogue of hundreds of podcasts or subscribe via iTunes for the latest updates.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019