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Cochrane through the eyes of Google Trends

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By Lewis Timimi, Work Experience at CSzG

Google is used so frequently and widely across the world that it has, in recent years, become a great tool for monitoring public interest. Jumping on the back of this, Google launched its own free service, which publishes a range statistics on popular Google searches, called Google Trends. Using Google Trends, it’s possible to see how interest in a specific subject has changed, worldwide, over almost 10 years (data starts from 2004). But can Google Trends tell us anything about online interest in Cochrane?

Well, we searched for a range of different Cochrane related phrases through Google Trends. The results were pretty consistent. They showed a steady decline in the number of searches for Cochrane, both across the UK and worldwide. In fact, searches for “Cochrane library” had decreased by around 75% since the start of 2004. It doesn’t sound too good. Read the rest of this entry »

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China; a research superpower, but we could be left in dark

By Rebecca Syed, Research Fellow at King’s College London and an Editor for the CSzG

Over the past 25 years we have seen an explosion in top-level clinical trials in China. But only a tiny proportion of that research is available on the main databases used by doctors and researchers in the UK, Australia and the US. It means we could be missing out on evidence for potential medical breakthroughs.

There have been some high-profile cases in China of dodgy research, such as one poorly conducted trial (that didn’t even have ethical approval), but the Chinese have taken steps to improve research integrity. And we have to recognise research misconduct as a global issue.

I conducted a survey of low to middle-income countries randomised control trials in mental health. These studies are modelled very carefully and considered the gold standard of evidence for medical treatments. The survey involved laboriously hand searching databases in each region and in each language. Pretty dry stuff but as it turns out, very important. In China they increased by more than seven times between 1991 and 2000. Read the rest of this entry »

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Psychiatry Beyond the Current Paradigm 3 day Conference in Sept 2013

Attachments:  September Conference 2013 flyer Final

Date:  September 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2013

Times:  9am Registration 4.30 finish

Venue:  The University of Nottingham, University Park, Law and Social Sciences Building, NG7 2RD Read the rest of this entry »

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Contemporary Neurobiology and Psychotherapy seminar series for 2013/14

Attachments:  Notts Neuro Seminar Series 2013-14 flyer     Seminar Series 2013-14 registration form

Dates:

Wednesday 25 September 2013
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Wednesday 5 March 2014
Wednesday 2 April 2014
Wednesday 14 May 2014
Wednesday 25 June 2014

Time:  5.30pm – 7.00pm

Venue:  Seminar Room A08, Institute of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU

Cost:  £98 (for the whole series) Read the rest of this entry »

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“Treatment non-completion in high risk violent offenders” talk 25th July

Attachments:  Forensic lunchtime talk-July 13     mapjubileecampus

Date:  Thursday 25th July 2013

Time:  12.00 pm

Venue:  Room A06, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU

This month’s presentation is by Hazel Dobson and Tanya Brown, HMPS Whitemoor  on “Treatment non-completion in high risk violent offenders: evaluating the Violence Reduction Programme cohort 1 within the Close Supervision Centre at a high security prison”

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