The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

Processing the process: Systematic Reviews

By Angelique Bodart, Editorial Assistant for the CSzG

As you look through the Cochrane Library > Schizophrenia and Psychosis you notice that the one thing you were hoping to find isn’t there but you know for a fact that there’s trials out there looking at that exact thing.  Why is there not a systematic review on that topic?  Because you or another clinician have not contacted us to ask to write one, or perhaps it is being done behind the scenes you just don’t know it yet.  As we have seen from Prescribing as a junior doctor: do we know what we think we know? and The Clozapine rollercoaster, systematic reviews are very important to doctors, they are also very important to patients, as they enable both to make an informed decision about how to treat schizophrenia or at least support recovery and stability.  Unfortunately systematic reviews of drugs, therapies, ECT, hospitalisation procedures etc. don’t happen by magic.  They happen because someone has contacted us with an interest they wish to pursue, to establish the usefulness of, with other like-minded people. Read the rest of this entry »

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My first month as an Editorial Assistant for CSzG

By Angelique Bodart
Email: angelique.bodart@nottingham.ac.uk
Skype: angeliqueuon

Angelique BodartIt’s been a fast paced month, but that’s the kind of pace I like.  Learning the inner-workings of Archie (not Archie Cochrane, the founder of the organisation, but the online review system), a taster of ‘how to write a review’ using RevMan (downloadable and free to use by all), strategising the re-launching the social media for our group and ‘networking’ at the 21st Anniversary of UK Cochrane Centre event are just some of the things I’ve been doing this month.  I’m now finally settling in to the team and my University of Nottingham desk on the Jubilee Campus.  I’ve realised my role is rather flexible albeit strategic, and reasonably involved with the review process, working with review authors at the initial and final stages…so far.  So, where did I come from to get here, the Editorial Assistant of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group?  At this point I could just upload my CV but don’t worry I won’t bore you with that…anyway, who needs a CV when you’ve got a LinkedIn accountRead the rest of this entry »

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