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Issue 13, Winter 2021

 Methods Support Web Clinics

Cochrane Review authors and Cochrane Review Group staff are invited to join a 60 minute Web Clinic hosted by Cochrane's Methods Support Unit, based within the Editorial and Methods Department, to discuss methodological questions during the production of Cochrane Protocols and Reviews. 

Methods Support Clinics are held monthly. Registration and details here: 
https://bit.ly/3r6jN1U

 

BP targets review featured in Cochrane Library app

Our review on blood pressure targets in adults with hypertension is featured in this month's issue of the Cochrane Library app! Read the full review here or download the Cochrane Library app to read the abridged version. Abridged Cochrane Reviews provide the best tablet and phone reading experience and are downloadable for offline reading.

Our latest reviews

As of January 2021, The Cochrane Library contains 79 reviews and 41 protocols under Cochrane Hypertension and 22 additional titles have been registered by the group for authors intending to undertake systematic reviews.

Latest protocols [P], reviews [R], updates [U]:

Methods Speaker Series - Register now!
UBC Therapeutics Initiative Methods Speaker Series events are free and feature expert speakers presenting a wide range of research methods topics. View recordings of past events or find future methods webinars.

Upcoming presentation:

New Risk of Bias tool for reviews with network meta-analysis
Speaker: Dr. Carole Lunny 
31 March 2021
Registration opens soon:
 https://bit.ly/3ovG5Is

 
Plain language summaries - call for volunteers!
Cochrane is looking for volunteers to read two short, simple summaries about research reviews and fill out a short survey. No experience is needed. They will email you summaries ask for your feedback within two weeks. It will take 30-45 minutes. They especially want feedback from the public, healthcare professionals, journalists and people who influence policy. Help Cochrane improve how they share research evidence to help people with decision-making. 

Interested? Email
 support@cochrane.org with “Volunteer” in the subject line by 12 Feb 2021
Interactive Webinar: Antihypertensives in older adults
Should you consider discontinuing antihypertensive treatments in older adults? 

The Cochrane review Withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs in older people
, led by Dr. Emily Reeve, a researcher at the University of South Australia, found no evidence of an effect of discontinuing compared with continuing antihypertensives in older adults on all‐cause mortality and myocardial infarction.  
 
Dr. Reeve will discuss these findings at an interactive webinar hosted by the
Therapeutics Initiative (TI) on Wednesday 17 March at 7pm Vancouver & 10pm Toronto (18 March at 10am Shanghai & 1pm Sydney)
 
Check the TI website for registration details
and follow the TI on Twitter @Drug_Evidence to be kept abreast of all new webinars and educational offerings.   
Risk of Bias (ROB 2) webinar series
The final of nine Cochrane Learning Live webinars on Risk of Bias 2 (RoB 2) was held in January 2021. This successful series has seen over 1,200 learners attending and over 10,000 views of recordings to date. 
 
Cochrane's response to COVID-19

Behind The Numbers, led by Gabriele Zitikyte, is a podcast aimed at disseminating researchpertaining to Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Recently, they spoke to Dr. Adrienne Stevens, Managing Director of Cochrane Canada. Dr. Stevens discusses how Cochrane promotes evidence-informed decision making on COVID-19, rapid review methods and Cochrane's contribution to the COVID-19 Recommendations Map
Have a listen: https://bit.ly/3orYGoJ

Free Virtual Methods Symposium 

Coordinated by the Cochrane US Network, the program and speaker line-up aim to maximize dissemination, encourage implementation, and increase knowledge. Topics include:

  • theoretical and practical methodological advances
  • empirical exploration of methods
  • assessment of feasibility and comparison of alternatives
  • implementation of novel approaches in practice
  • dissemination and implementation of complex assessment and analytical methods

This symposium is aimed at professionals with backgrounds or interest in advancing and disseminating research synthesis methods, as well as young investigators. Registrationhttps://bit.ly/3pwtl5N

Cochrane Hypertension Priority Setting

Phase two of our HTN Priority Setting Project continues. Our English/Spanish survey (#AskCochraneHTN), which solicited priorities from patients and other stakeholders has concluded and we are analysing the results, which will be used to propose a draft list of topics to be prioritised.

Stay tuned as we announce the top ten topics to which we will map current & future Cochrane HTN systematic review titles!

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