The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

Reflecting on the Cochrane Colloquium 2013 – Canada

Three representatives of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group went out, and three returned, albeit at different times (we like to mix it up a bit).ScZ Group

It was a hard five days.  Getting over jet lag, managing the steep climb to The Québec City Convention Centre every morning after coffee and croissants and a quick 30min meeting, followed by waves of information throughout the day.  What was our return on the time and money spent getting to Quebec, Canada for the Colloquium?  There were differing opinions in our team of three but overall we felt that

  • we gained little nuggets of information that have since led us to make changes to our practice, mainly around title registration
  • it allowed us time to work together on aspects of our processes and procedures, essentially the creation of ‘standards’, to improve the efficiency of our systematic review writing and management process, as well and the recruitment of new Editors to our Group
  • it gave us a chance to put faces to names; meeting with existing, new and potential Editors and AuthorsView of Quebec city from the convention centre
  • it helped us to recognise the importance of our Group within the Cochrane Collaboration.  During the Poster sessions our Group was mentioned as an example of good practice (Cochrane Journal Club: meeting the expectations of our growing membership), while other posters illustrated research that missed out our contributions (The Study of Reporting Quality of Randomized Controlled Trials in Systematic Reviews of Acupuncture) or demonstrated openness to new ways of working, most of which we have already adopted in our Group e.g. the implementation of a Social Media strategy and the conducting of a study into the impact of tweeting mental health reviews.

Overall though, we agreed that most of the gain was from meeting up with each other to thrash out new ideas and evaluate how we are currently working.  We didn’t quite need to go all the way to Quebec to do this as we have since reflected.  A conference such as this can be useful to stimulate conversations and new ideas, but in this case perhaps our time and money could have been better spent getting together in the UK and dialing into aspects of the conference that were of relevance and interest…if such a facility was made available.  So what’s the plan now?  Two-day meetings at six monthly intervals to give us the time we need to discuss and move forward with ideas.  Sometimes to make things happen you need time to talk about it, to crash heads together, in effect, to work collaboratively effectively.

We will be going to the 22nd Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, India to support our Editor, Prathap Tharyan (follow the activities leading up to the colloquium via Twitter and Facebook).  

Hyderabad colloquium

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Art in the Asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry

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Date:  Wednesday 16 October 2013

Time:  6:30pm-8:30pm

Venue:  Nottingham Contemporary

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