The perspective of a Cochrane Review Group Editor

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Bernd Richter speaking at the Symposium on the 10th Anniversary of the German Cochrane Centre

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  • The perspective of a Cochrane Review Group Editor

    1. 1. Bernd Richter [email_address] Symposium anlässlich des 10-jährigen Bestehens des Deutschen Cochrane Zentrums “ The perspective of a Cochrane Review Group Editor”
    2. 3. www.cochrane.org
    3. 4. Cochrane Collaboration: structure
    4. 5. <ul><li>Co-ordinating Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Review Group Coordinator (RGC) </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant RGC </li></ul><ul><li>Trial Search Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Research Associates </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial Board </li></ul><ul><li>External Peer Referees (content, methods, consumer …) </li></ul>Infrastructure of a Cochrane Review Group
    5. 6. Cochrane Review Groups
    6. 7. Cochrane title
    7. 9. Cochrane protocol/review/update
    8. 10. <ul><li>New horizons </li></ul>Old and new challenges
    9. 11. Review Manager 5
    10. 12. <ul><li>New horizons </li></ul><ul><li>New software </li></ul>Old and new challenges
    11. 13. Review Manager 5
    12. 14. Review Manager 5
    13. 15. GRADEprofiler
    14. 16. <ul><li>New horizons </li></ul><ul><li>New software </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial issues </li></ul>Old and new challenges
    15. 17. Cochrane information management system (IMS)
    16. 18. Time tracking / Editorial management systems
    17. 19. Time tracking / Editorial management systems
    18. 21. <ul><li>New horizons </li></ul><ul><li>New software </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial issues </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance </li></ul>Old and new challenges
    19. 22. Review Manager 5: room for improvement
    20. 23. Review Manager 5: room for improvement
    21. 24. Quality assurance issues <ul><li>Patient-oriented/reported outcomes (PRO) </li></ul><ul><li>Good structured reviews with mandatory features: - report on PRO in plain language summary & abstract - standard data in abstract & plain language summary - standard ‘characteristics of included studies’ table - standard ‘risk of bias’ table - study population data </li></ul><ul><li>Provide data extraction forms (appendices) - standard: baseline characteristics, adverse events … </li></ul><ul><li>Check of search strategies </li></ul><ul><li>The Editorial Board Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Implement decisions to improve quality of reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term strategic vision for developing the CLIB </li></ul><ul><li>Support for authors, editors and bases </li></ul><ul><li>Improve and increase communication </li></ul>
    22. 25. <ul><li>New horizons </li></ul><ul><li>New software </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial issues </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Updates of Cochrane reviews </li></ul>Old and new challenges
    23. 26. Updates of Cochrane reviews <ul><li>Support by CRGs (Trial Search Coordinators) </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of Review Manger 5 software … </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on patient-oriented outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on longer-term studies </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on key study data </li></ul><ul><li>Special CRG funding </li></ul>
    24. 28. Summary <ul><li>10 years German Cochrane Centre : ‘achievements & shortfalls’ ( collective liability ) and beyond … </li></ul><ul><li>Initiation of the Cochrane movement </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with EbM activities </li></ul><ul><li>Constant support for contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Steady workshop activities </li></ul><ul><li>Still not enough German authors </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructural funding of Cochrane activities in Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Academic anchorage? </li></ul><ul><li>Low in staff and haunted by work intensification: How about quality? </li></ul><ul><li>Are our reviews really patient-oriented? </li></ul>

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