Cochrane reviews are large and complex projects. They require a team that includes an experienced systematic reviewer (preferably of Cochrane reviews), a methodologist or statistician and a senior clinician. Please read: 'Managing expectations: what does The Cochrane Collaboration expect of authors, and what can authors expect of The Cochrane Collaboration'. If you and your team are interested in taking on a Cochrane Review project with Cochrane ENT please first check out our Scope, our Priorities and our existing Review projects. Think carefully about the unanswered questions in ENT, the issues that matter to patients, your specific objectives and whether a Cochrane Review is the best way to answer your question. It often helps to put your question in the form of a ‘PICO’ (Participants, Intervention(s), Comparison(s) and Outcomes) when you initially get in touch with us.
Cochrane ENT reviews are, for the most part, reviews of healthcare interventions and they are restricted to the inclusion of randomised controlled trial (RCT) and quasi-randomised controlled trial evidence. In general, we will prioritise for registration review topics where there are likely to be several existing RCTs available to review, or known ‘ongoing’ RCTs nearing completion. If we anticipate that the topic will result in an ‘empty’ review (i.e. a review that does not identify any eligible studies to include), we will deem it a low priority for our support (empty review policy). We only take on diagnostic test accuracy reviews and reviews of non-randomised evidence in exceptional cases.
For more resources for authors and details of training opportunities follow this link.
Not in a position to take on a review project?
Are you a student?
Students for Best Evidence is a great resource for students or anyone interested in learning more about evidence-based medicine. It also offers opportunities for students to contribute. Please get in touch with Selina Ryan-Vig (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Cochrane UK for further details.
Do you speak a language other than English? Can you help us with occasional translation? When our authors are working on their systematic reviews they frequently identify trials published in languages other than English or another language they speak. As the range of international databases we search on behalf of authors has expanded over the years, the number of non-English language papers encountered has steadily increased. These papers need to be assessed for eligibility for potential inclusion in our reviews and, if they meet the necessary criteria, have data and other information extracted. For this we need a pool of volunteers, with a wide range of languages, whom we can call on from time to time. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in this way.
Volunteer screening - Help us find trials!
Join Cochrane Crowd (http://crowd.cochrane.org) today and help Cochrane to identify reports of randomised trials.
Other tasks for Cochrane ENT
In the future, we hope to offer opportunities to get involved with tasks such as screening and data extraction for ENT reviews. If this is something you are interested in please let us know when you get in touch). If we have a list of volunteers then when we need help with these tasks in the future we will be able to contact you.
Taking the next step
All of these opportunities to get involved do not preclude you being part of a Cochrane ENT review team now or in the future. Our aim is that getting involved with our activities will be a learning experience, helping you build skills, experience and contacts that will enable you to get involved with more complex tasks and ultimately, if you wish to, a review project in the future. We value any level of input in our work, large or small.
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