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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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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Day 2: Searching for studies and using Review Manager (RevMan)

Who would have thought you had to have a search strategy for systematic review writing?  I thought you might just go onto Google and search for bits of your title like Clozapine or schizophrenia.  Apparently, as Judy Wright, Senior Information Specialist (and previous TSC for the CSzG) presents, it’s a little more complicated than that.  You have to consider all the different ways someone may have studied what you want to review, for example if you’re writing a systematic review on cycling helmets you may need to search in a studies database for ‘cycling’, ‘cyclists’, ‘bicyclist’, ‘helmets’ etc.  Within Cochrane it’s a lot easier to search as we’ve got Trial Search Coordinators, basically search strategy ninjas.  They can search a lot quicker than we ever could and uncover those small scale studies hidden beneath the pile of big ‘name in lights’ studies.  All studies have relevance, no matter the size, quality or country of origin.  Mona Nassar, a co-convenor of the Cochrane Agenda and Priority Setting Methods Group highlighted this article in a conversation on Twitter, you might find it helpful if you’re starting a systematic review any time soon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twittering about severe mental illness

By Angelique Bodart, Editorial Assistant for the CSzG

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The Bipolar Detective (Photo credit: chris.bburn)

Yesterday (5th June 2013) I went along to some Cochrane training, put on by the authors of Evidently Cochrane, on using social media to improve our Group’s online presence.  Simple things, nothing dramatic involving hidden agendas or anything, just general usage tactics like Symplur for finding the major influences within health care to notify them we exist, and tweeting something multiple times but in different ways to reach different groups.  I tweeted the topics and tips discussed throughout the day (check out #cochranesm); my first time tweeting at an event.  It was all very exciting.  One question that came up a lot was “what’s the impact?”.   Read the rest of this entry »

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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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