The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

The results of the CSzG 90-day social media strategy

The pilot results were considered and a plan was put in place.

We were going into the unknown, so we went for a 90-day plan to try some things out and see if our aims and expectations were realistic.  The plan was introduced at the end of April 2013 and mentioned in the post Social Media Strategy for the CSzG with a bit about our progress so far.  So what’s been happening over the last three months?  How successful have we been in the eyes of the online social world?

Social Media strategy proposal Apr 2013

Social Media strategy report July 2013

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Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) Author training

Dates:

English: Aston Webb Hall, Birmingham University

English: Aston Webb Hall, Birmingham University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. September 26th 2013 – Module 1: Preparation for title registration
  2. October 24th 2013 – Module 2: Protocol production and searching
  3. November 14th 2013 – Module 3: Progressing your review

 Venue:  Birmingham University

Cost:  FREE to all authors affiliated to a UK-based Cochrane Review Group and to authors resident in the UK and affiliated to a non-UK based Cochrane Review Group Read the rest of this entry »

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Trust the machine? A keen eye is what you need

By Drew Davey, Research Assistant for the CSzG

I recently encountered Cyndy Green’s blog Thinking Visually and realised that her Jan 6 2013 posting “Battling the modern mindset and its deeply rooted trust of technology” had massive reference to my own work.

English: Magnifying glass with focus on paper....

English: Magnifying glass with focus on paper. Text in the background is from the public domain work Die Baukunst, issue 11, page 8, written by . Rendered with a development version of Cycles in Blender. Deutsch: Lupe mit Fokus auf dem Papier. Der im Hintergrund verwendete Text stammt aus gemeinfreien Werk Die Baukunst, Heft 11, Seite 8, das von Max Hasak geschrieben wurde. Gerendert mit einer Entwickerversion von Cycles in Blender. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My name is Drew Davey and I have been working with the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group since 1998, fetching published articles of treatment trials, and assessing their designs. The Cochrane Register of Studies is ostensibly composed of random controlled trials (RCTs) which Archie Cochrane recognized as the gold standard of medical evidence. Since ’98, I have learned to use numerous database programs and am aware that my work would now be impossible without computerized search and storage. The painful need to revisit and read each library’s catalogue every time a new search list appeared on my desk could never work now. The proliferation of journals alone would overwhelm manual searching. No problem, you say, Read the rest of this entry »

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Data, Outcomes, Uncertainty and Graphs: Advances and Limitations in Trials, Meta-Analysis, and Novelties

Cochrane Collaboration

Cochrane Collaboration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Date: Tuesday, 24th September 2013

Time:  09:00 – 16:00

Venue:  The Amphitheatre,  Université Laval, Québec

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Technology; making the review writing process more efficient and accurate


This is a follow up to the post 
Ferreting in CRS and RevMan…it’s technical

Health Info Mgmt students from Ulm

The plan:

Six months.

Two Information Management and Healthcare students from the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, Germany.

Two great projects that enhance the systematic review writing process within the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group.

The result:

A program called ‘Ferret’ was created.  Its purpose: To find both hardcopy and electronic sources of studies relating to a particular subject e.g. Cannabis for schizophrenia (due to be updated if anyone’s interested, loud hint), Read the rest of this entry »

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