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Issue 4, Winter 2018

Welcome to our fourth quarterly issue. We've got news about updated Cochrane policies and standards, details on Cochrane membership, key dates for the 2018 Colloquium, links to our newest publications, and a blog post on seeking the best available evidence when making health care treatment decisions. Stay connected with us by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018

Registration and Abstract Submission:

To register for Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018, please click here. To submit an abstract for Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018, please click here. If you have any questions, regarding registration or abstract submissions, please contact Cochrane Canada at


Guidelines: A comprehensive dose of evidence?

Suppose that you have the opportunity to help guide a loved one’s health care decisions. What might you do? How might you seek the best available evidence regarding treatment?

Martin Bohdal, a trainee under Cochrane Hypertension, presented his answers to these questions at the 2017 Cochrane Canada Symposium. Martin imagined a scenario in which he was determined to guide his parents’ blood pressure treatment with help from two resources, the 2017 Canadian Hypertension Guidelines and Cochrane Hypertension systematic reviews.
What did Martin conclude after reading the two sources of information? Have a look at his blog post...


MECIR standards update: Examining errata mandatory

The Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) standards have been updated.  Standard C48 - Examining errata: has been updated from "Highly desirable" to "Mandatory".  For more information, please see the MECIR Manual.

Our latest reviews

As of March 2018, The Cochrane Library contains 68 reviews and 42 protocols under Cochrane Hypertension and 20 additional titles have been registered by the group for authors intending to undertake systematic reviews.

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

Policy for rejection of Cochrane  reviews

As of August 2017, Cochrane has a new Policy for Rejection of Cochrane Reviews. Cochrane Hypertension encourages authors and editors to become familiar with the policy.

A Review Group's Co-ordinating Editor(s) can reject a review at any stage before publication.  The decision to reject is typically based upon one or more of the following reasons: poor quality; failure to meet agreed timelines; evidence of that the authors lack core competencies to complete the review; concerns about conflicts of interest or other aspects of publication ethics. 
Activate Your Cochrane Membership
We summarize the best available evidence to help people make informed decisions about health. Now you can join our independent network of Cochrane collaborators from over 130 countries producing credible, accessible health information in several languages. Whether you’re a researcher, healthcare professional, patient, carer, or just passionate about health, welcome to the Cochrane community!

For more information, visit the Join Cochrane pages...
2018 Cochrane Colloquium - Register Now!
The 25th Cochrane Colloquium will be held in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland from 16-18 September 2018.  Early bird registration closes 15 June.  

For everything you need to know to attend, including programme overview, registration, abstract submission, sponsorship, and travel information, see the Colloquium website...

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