Cochrane South Africa seeks Senior Scientists
SENIOR SCIENTIST (2 posts) (1 full-time & 1 part-time) Duration: Two-year Contract Closing date: 13 March 2022 Cochrane South Africa (CSA), based at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), leads work in the field of evidence-informed policy and practice.
Global Network Meta-analysis workshop
The Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care at Stellenbosch University is hosting a five-week Global Network Meta-analysis workshop from 28 March to 2 May 2022. This course is for clinicians, students and researchers who have basic knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology and are interested in conducting network meta-analysis. Experience in conducting systematic reviews will be advantageous, or having attended the Primer in Network Meta-analysis Systematic Reviews. Bursaries are available for 20 participants.
Trusted information needs to be protected on social media as much as misinformation needs to be challenged
Recent removal of Cochrane's Instagram post and shadowban highlight the realities of Cochrane's call against misinformation.
Cochrane South Africa seeks project manager
Cochrane SA, based at the South African Medical Research Council leads work in the field of evidence-informed policy and practice. An appropriately qualified and experienced Project Manager is required to join our team on a full-time basis to implement the strategic priorities and operation of the Global Evidence Local Adaptation (GELA) project. The project is a 3-year EDCTP funded project.
Three new Cochrane groups launched in Africa
Three new Cochrane Geographic Groups were recently launched in Nigeria, Kenya and Cameroon. Cochrane is an international network and works across 220 countries, aiming to provide the best possible research summaries to help guide health policy and practice. These new centres represent endorsement of leadership and excellence in the region, and these centres will help coordinate Cochrane activities in the countries and provide a credible reference institution for government in evidence-informed policy and practice.
Influenza: evidence from Cochrane Reviews
Influenza is usually a mild, self-limiting viral infection of the upper airways with local symptoms (including runny nose, cough, and sore throat) and systemic symptoms (such as fever, headache, aches and pains, and tiredness). Symptoms typically begin 1 to 4 days after exposure to the virus and last for about a week.
Applying an equity lens
Health inequities, defined as avoidable and unfair differences in health, have been worsening witin and between countries. This has been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the editorial
Primer in Network Meta-analysis Systematic Review Course
The Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care at Stellenbosch University is hosting an eight week Primer in Network Meta-analysis Systematic Review course from 1 February - 25 March 2022.This course is for clinicians, researchers and policy-makers working in the field of HIV in sub-Sarahan Africa, interested in learning more about how to find, read and interpret network meta-analysis systematic reviews. Bursaries are available for 25 participants.
Low-value health care in the COVID-19 pandemic
Making wise choices about low-value health care in the COVID-19 pandemicOveruse of health care can cause harm to individuals and threaten the sustainability of health systems. The importance of addressing overuse is heightened by the imperative to control healthcare costs, which were growing substantially even before the COVID‐19 pandemic. Read the editorial by Mike Clarke et al
Featured review: Is exercise an effective therapy to treat long-lasting low back pain?
In this interview with Jill Hayden we learn how this review, one of Cochrane’s largest reviews published to date, has led to new ways of working collaboratively and with an increased focus on research integrity. An ongoing update of this review will bring five related Cochrane reviews together into one.