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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Social Media Strategy for the CSzG

By Angelique Bodart, Editorial Assistant for the CSzG

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It wasn’t too long ago that I decided we needed a plan, a social media plan, to get in touch with you, the Cochrane review readers and writers.  So far we’ve been sticking to our more structured tweeting approach with a different topic each day; tweeting more often (sometimes we do twitter on); blogging to make sure you get a flavour for what we do and who does it; setup a private LinkedIn Group for our members to discuss and comment on the articles we tweet.  So, how’s this all working out for us so far? Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Social Media re-launch

We have our fingers in a few social media pies, Twitter, Facebook and our own website branch of the Cochrane Collaboration, but how do we make the most of them?  How do we make what we do accessible and interesting to you – the patients and clinicians – within the field of mental health, and more specifically, schizophrenia?  At the UK Cochrane Centre’s 21st Anniversary event in Oxford there was a significant focus on using social media and normal language to communicate and promote the work conducted by our reviewers.   With this in mind, we aim to improve the presence of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group online beyond reviews, and we want you to help. Read the rest of this entry »

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