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Cochrane Kidney and Transplant seeks Systematic Reviewer – Sydney, Australia

čet, 06/07/2018 - 13:44

Specifications: Full-time
Salary: Base salary $82K, plus superannuation
Location: Sydney, Australia
Application closing date: 21 June 2018

We are seeking a full-time Systematic Reviewer to contribute to Cochrane Kidney and Transplant based at the Centre for Kidney Research, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The Systematic Reviewer will provide technical knowledge and expertise to the research team to support the development of Cochrane systematic reviews that will inform international clinical practice guidelines on all aspects of kidney disease. This includes conducting literature searches, appraising literature and meta-analysis, and preparing evidence summaries to support the development of clinical practice guidelines on all aspects of kidney disease. The role will also involve a range of other research activities relevant to systematic reviews and guideline development, disseminating systematic review findings, and providing methods support to authors conducting systematic reviews in kidney disease and transplantation.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts. The successful candidate will also have:

  • tertiary qualifications, likely with Honours, in an appropriate discipline with relevant experience in a related field. May have (or be working towards completing) further studies such as a PhD or have extensive specialist experience in the field of research
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • high-level knowledge and skills in statistical techniques and critical appraisal required for systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials
  • experience in writing of systematic reviews and have published a Cochrane systematic review/s or similar
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from A/Professor Allison Tong on allison.tong@sydney.edu.au.

Full job description and application: Research Officer Systematic Reviewer

Closing date for applications: 11.30pm, 21 June 2018 (Australian EST)

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Category: Jobs

Campaigning for Evidence: Sara Yaron - a patient's story

sri, 06/06/2018 - 18:58

Sara Yaron has been an active consumer’s advocate since 1982, when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. By profession, she’s a private lawyer in Israel, engaged in medical malpractice lawsuits. After her diagnosis, she became involved with national and international organizations, all regarding health care, patient safety, patients rights to get updated medical information based on evidence, and patients rights.

She recently was re-appointed to the Cochrane Consumer Network (CCNet) Executive for a further period of three years to 2021. Below is her story on how she got involved as a consumer advocate with Cochrane and the changes she has seen. Her blog post was orginally shared on the Cochrane Consumer Network.

I met Cochrane the first time, at an international conference regarding breast cancer, in the late 90’s in Europe. There, I read a brochure, published by CCNet, and fell in love with the idea.  At that time, I was a very young woman diagnosed with breast cancer (grade 3) and a mother of three little children, with one very ill daughter, so I was “thirsty” for any certified, objective written medical information regarding my family’s diseases. I wrote a letter to Hilda Bastian, the then co-ordinator of CCNet, and became an active member of Cochrane’s consumers’ network.

As a lay person, in a paternalistic period within the medical “territory”, it was impossible to get any medical information based on evidence from an objective authority.

As my personal experience was with breast cancer, I’ll tell my story: I was diagnosed in 1983 with breast cancer. The one and only option that was given to me by the medical authorities in my country, was to have a Mastectomy! No other option was even mentioned! All my questions were responded to with contempt. For me it was a feeling of suffocation! I didn’t know where to go for information based on evidence, because all the second opinions in my country, said the same: Mastectomy (!), while in Europe and in the USA there were positive results of Lumpectomy.

When I finished my medical treatment, I joined the Israeli cancer association and the “Reach to recovery” as an advocate on a voluntary basis to help others. One of my main goals was to provide medical information. That work was outside Cochrane.

When I joined CCNet, a new world had been opened for me. I could find qualitative information based on evidence and I become much more confident when facing the medical staff about my, and my family’s, diseases.  The involvement of patients\consumers as an integral part of the process “captured my heart”. I started to help CCNet with hand searching journals, for the Cochrane Breast Cancer, and commenting on reviews and protocols.

I’m not sure that consumer activity was very democratic and transparent back then, but the opportunity existed to become an active consumer which provided a good feeling of becoming part of an important, unique and strong organisation.

Over time, consumers became much more involved in Cochrane, and participated in committees as equal members. Transparency was felt more and more, and consumers’ comments were taken under consideration, with much more sense of equality and respect than before.

I started to write comments on reviews and protocols, mostly for the breast cancer group, as an experienced consumer but also for other groups. Plain language summaries became part of Cochrane reviews, which is very significant for consumers.

CCNet as an organization became bigger, much more democratic and most of the activity, I think, is transparent, with part of the discussions involving most of the members.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cochrane Kidney and Transplant seeks Information Specialist – Sydney, Australia

sri, 06/06/2018 - 14:14

Specifications: Part-time (0.4 FTE)
Salary
: Base salary $82K p.a. prorate with superannuation
Location:
Sydney, Australia
Application closing date:
18 June 2018

We are seeking an Information Specialist (part-time) to contribute to Cochrane Kidney and Transplant, based at the Centre for Kidney Research, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The Information Specialist has an integral role in the production of Cochrane Kidney and Transplant reviews. You will contribute to the maintenance and development of a Specialised Register of randomised controlled trials (RCT) within the scope of Cochrane Kidney and Transplant, provide comprehensive literature and editorial support to authors of systematic reviews, and provide comprehensive literature support for collaborative projects with partner organisations such as KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) and KHA-CARI (Kidney Health Australia – Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment).

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts. The successful candidate will also have:

  • tertiary qualifications in librarianship or information science/management. A background or experience in health sciences is an advantage
  • high level attention to detail and the capacity to maintain accurate details (especially in relation to bibliographic control and editorial assessment)
  • demonstrated advanced literature searching expertise
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • excellent planning, organisational and time management skills with ability to be systematic in approach to work and possess strong attention to detail
  • excellent computer skills including MS word, MS excel, and MS outlook, while ability and willingness to learn new skills in this area is essential
  • experience in scientific research or information sciences
  • demonstrated knowledge of systematic reviews and medical terminology
  • strong problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation (including Safe Laboratory Practices for roles based in Laboratory)
  • experience in a research-intensive environment or interest in teaching and working in academia

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Dr. Martin Howell on martin.howell@sydney.edu.au.

Full job description and application: Research Officer Information Specialist

Closing date for applications: 11.30pm, 18 June 2018 (Australian EST)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane Crowd celebrates 2nd birthday with 2 million classifications

uto, 06/05/2018 - 17:57

Cochrane Crowd, Cochrane’s citizen science platform, reached 2 million individual classifications on Tuesday 15th of May at 5.20pm UTC + 1, one day after the platform’s 2nd birthday!

Cochrane Crowd is our online citizen science platform that enables anyone with an interest in health to contribute to health evidence. Our volunteers make it easier for health researchers to find the latest, high-quality evidence on what treatments work and don’t work. This means health practitioners can more easily access current evidence to inform the treatments they provide. Just a few minutes each day makes a huge difference.

In the lead up to the milestone, Crowd ran a #Crowd2million campaign and around 100 people got involved, sharing screenshots and supporting this community to reach our goal. Congratulations to the ten #ShowUsYourScreen-ers who won signed copies of Iain Chalmer's book 'Testing Treatments' for capturing screenshots closest to 2 million and sharing them over Twitter - Paul Manson, Lara Killian, Danial Sayyad, Riccardo Guarise, Richard James, Rachel Playforth, Yudi Hardianto, Hebatullah Abdulazeem, Cindy Beverly, and Patricia Dwyer-Hallquist.

Thank you to everyone who has used Cochrane Crowd - we are looking forward to hitting the next milestone with our amazing community!

Support for Project Transform was provided by Cochrane and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (APP1114605). The contents of the published material are solely the responsibility of the Administering Institution, a Participating Institution or individual authors and do not reflect the views of the NHMRC.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cochrane seeks Special Advisor to the Editor in Chief - London, UK

uto, 06/05/2018 - 14:58

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: London, UK
Application Closing Date: 14th June 2018

The Special Advisor will support the Editor in Chief by overseeing the management of key projects related to our targets, managing key staff, and by ensuring that there is close co-ordination of projects and work programmes across all the Editorial and Methods Department (EMD) units, and with other groups and individuals where appropriate.

The successful candidate will provide operational input and intelligence to the Editor in Chief, ensure that challenges are addressed or escalated appropriately, and that the work of the EMD is as efficient and effective as possible. She/he will also support the Editor and Deputy Editor in Chief in preparing and managing budgets.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Experience in critical projects that focus on delivering aspects of the Cochrane Strategy to 2020, improving the Cochrane Library, and delivering better products and services to end users.
  • Detailed knowledge of the mission and vision of Cochrane Library and in-depth understanding of the needs of its users and the processes that underpin its production
  • Significant experience of programme and/or project management
  • Excellent decision making, problem solving, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Proven ability to take senior-level responsibility
  • IT literacy and the ability to gain an understanding of the technological aspects of the product, both in terms of its production and publication
  • Very strong communication and presentation skills, and the ability to translate content deliverables to editorial, content, business and technology focussed colleagues
  • Ability to analyse, pull together and present the key content, business and technology elements to inform sound strategic decisions

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with Special Advisor in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please see the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 14th June 2018 (12 midnight GMT)
 
Interviews to be held on: (TBC)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Category: Jobs

Featured Review: Nicotine replacement therapy versus control for smoking cessation

pon, 06/04/2018 - 17:27

High-quality evidence that all forms of nicotine replacement therapy can help increase chances of successfully stopping smoking.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) aims to reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking by replacing the nicotine from cigarettes. NRT is available as skin patches that deliver nicotine slowly, and chewing gum, nasal and oral sprays, inhalators, and lozenges/tablets, all of which deliver nicotine to the brain more quickly than skin patches, but less rapidly than from smoking cigarettes. NRT aims to temporarily replace much of the nicotine from cigarettes to reduce motivation to smoke and nicotine withdrawal symptoms, thus easing the transition from cigarette smoking to complete abstinence.

A team of Cochrane authors based in New Zealand and the United Kingdom worked with the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group to determine the effectiveness and safety of NRT for achieving long-term smoking cessation, compared to placebo or 'no NRT' interventions.

136 trials were examined, with 64,640 people in the main analysis. All studies were conducted with people who wanted to quit smoking, mostly adults, with smokers typically having 15 cigarettes a day at the start of the study. The overall quality of the evidence was high.

The review found that all of the commercially available forms of NRT (i.e. gum, transdermal patch, nasal spray, inhalator, oral spray, lozenge and sublingual tablet) are effective as part of a strategy to promote smoking cessation. They increase the rate of long-term quitting by approximately 50% to 60%, regardless of setting. These conclusions apply to smokers who are motivated to quit. There is little evidence about the role of NRT for individuals smoking fewer than 10 to 15 cigarettes a day.

 “This updated Cochrane Review adds 18 new studies to when it was last updated in 2012”, says Professor Paul Aveyard, the Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group. “The overall quality of the evidence is high, meaning that further research is very unlikely to change the conclusions.”

“This review provides those looking to quit the reassurance that nicotine replacement therapy works,” says Jamie Hartmann-Boyce from the University of Oxford and the primary author of the Review. “NRT is a safe and effective way to help people quit smoking, and taken individually all forms of delivery appear similarly effective. There is some evidence that taking a short-acting  form like gum alongside patch increases quit rates further – this is covered by a separate review which will be updated later this year.”

Monday, June 4, 2018

Cochrane 2017 Annual Review now available

pet, 06/01/2018 - 15:15
2017 was a year of organizational change and growth for Cochrane.

Find out more about Cochrane’s key achievements during 2017, and the strides being made on our major Strategy to 2020 initiatives.

“As a global community committed to producing the highest quality healthcare evidence that impacts health decision making around the world, Cochrane contributors can be immensely proud of what we achieved in 2017. In this Annual Review we report on substantial increases in the demand for and use of Cochrane evidence from our online platforms; and the successful completion or launching of major initiatives and transformational projects, including Cochrane’s new Membership scheme, our first Knowledge Translation Strategy, and wide-ranging governance reform. These are only some of the most noteworthy achievements: overall, nine of the ten organizational targets we set ourselves at the start of the year were delivered; almost every metric we use to measure our progress showed improvement; and we are on course to achieve nearly all of the objectives in Cochrane’s hugely ambitious Strategy to 2020.”
Mark Wilson, CEO

To download it as a PDF, share, and embed the 2017 Annual Review, click on the box and the options will appear at the bottom.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tweeting, blogging, podcasting, and streaming at the 25th Cochrane Colloquium

pet, 05/25/2018 - 17:25

Cochrane UK is delighted to be hosting the 25th Cochrane Colloquium, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland, from 16th to 18th September 2018.

For the first time at a Cochrane Colloquium, we will be taking the conversation #BeyondTheRoom. Beyond the Room is a digital conference service, started in 2016 by André Tomlin from the Mental Elf. Its aim is to increase the reach and impact of health events by live tweeting and podcasting from them, to involve people virtually and facilitate a much more democratic conversation (www.beyondtheroom.net). 

André explains:

“Our #BeyondTheRoom service helps health events reach the right audience. All too often, conversations at conferences are dominated by just a few voices. We open up the discussion to everyone who wants to be involved, but also work hard before the event to create a buzz and start to explore some of the key conference themes.”

The #BeyondTheRoom team will include André (@Mental_Elf) and his colleague Douglas Badenoch (@DBadenoch), Sarah Chapman (@SarahChapman30; Cochrane UK's Knowledge Broker) and Selena Ryan-Vig (@CochraneUK; Cochrane UK's Communications & Engagement Officer).

Cochrane UK is also funding four individuals to join the team, including accommodation and registration for the duration of the conference as well as contributions towards travel expenses. We invited applications from patients and other healthcare consumers, students (of any discipline, with an interest in health evidence), and health professionals/allied health professionals. We were inundated with 120 excellent applications and are delighted to introduce the four successful candidates:

Congratulations! We are thrilled to bring Cochrane to a wider audience with the help of our tweeters, bloggers, and podcasters.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Cochrane evidence on nutritional labeling on menus and new FDA labeling rules

čet, 05/24/2018 - 20:39

Earlier this month, the  United States Food and Drug Administration implemented a new set of rules requiring restaurants, supermarkets, and convenience stores with 20 or more locations to go public with the calorie counts for standard menu items. These food establishments must now post the calories on overhead display boards, printed menus, and electronic kiosks.

Heath Line recently examined if these rules will make an impact on obesity rates and turned to Cochrane evidence for answers. Read 'Calorie Counts Are Now on Menus Nationwide, But Do They Work?' and learn if calorie counts on menus can change the way we eat.

Related materials

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cochrane seeks Editorial Support Officer - CRG Transformation Programme - Flexible location

sri, 05/23/2018 - 18:09

Specifications: Full Time 12 month Fixed Term Contract
Salary:
Competitive
Location:
Flexible
Application Closing Date:
 22 June 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in Editorial Support to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

The Editorial Support Officer will provide support to the Deputy Editor in Chief in achieving the strategic aims of the CRG Transformation Programme and provide editorial and communication support for the implementation of the Fast Track Services.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • An understanding of the importance of systematic reviews to clinical decision making.
  • Ability to work alongside varied teams in different cultural and linguistic settings.
  • Impressive interpersonal skills both in person and by telephone and Skype.
  •  Ability to accomplish projects with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Cochrane’s mission and values and good understanding of Cochrane’s Strategy 2020 goals and targets.
  •  Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • An ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders.

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Editorial Support Officer” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please see the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 22 June 2018 (12 midnight GMT)

Interviews to be held on: (TBC)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Administration Assistant - London, UK

sri, 05/23/2018 - 17:59

Specifications: Full Time
Salary:  £20,000 - £25,000 DOE
Location: London, UK
Application Closing Date: 22 June 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in Administration to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

This Administration Assistant will provide effective and efficient administrative support the Cochrane Editorial & Methods Department.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Previous experience of providing administrative support to a team
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately
  • A flexible approach with the ability to respond quickly to issues as they arise
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving
  • Awareness of handling confidential and sensitive information

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with 'Administration Assistant' in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please see the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 22 June 2018 (12 midnight GMT)

Interviews to be held on: (TBC)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane Crowd webinar - Help us curate and deliver health evidence

sri, 05/23/2018 - 17:00

Cochrane Crowd is an online citizen science platform that enables anyone with an interest in health to contribute to health evidence. Our volunteers make it easier for health researchers to find the latest, high-quality evidence on what treatments work and don’t work. This means health practitioners can more easily access current evidence to inform the treatments they provide. Just a few minutes each day makes a huge difference.

This webinar introduces Cochrane Crowd and how you can get involved.

Wednesday 22nd August 1-2pm BST

crowd.cochrane.org

Support for Project Transform was provided by Cochrane and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (APP1114605). The contents of the published material are solely the responsibility of the Administering Institution, a Participating Institution or individual authors and do not reflect the views of the NHMRC.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cochrane Crowd webinar - Help us curate and deliver health evidence

sri, 05/23/2018 - 17:00

Cochrane Crowd is an online citizen science platform that enables anyone with an interest in health to contribute to health evidence. Our volunteers make it easier for health researchers to find the latest, high-quality evidence on what treatments work and don’t work. This means health practitioners can more easily access current evidence to inform the treatments they provide. Just a few minutes each day makes a huge difference.

This webinar introduces Cochrane Crowd and how you can get involved.

Monday 11th June 4-5pm PDT

crowd.cochrane.org

Support for Project Transform was provided by Cochrane and the National Health and Medical Research Counc12/12/1996il of Australia (APP1114605). The contents of the published material are solely the responsibility of the Administering Institution, a Participating Institution or individual authors and do not reflect the views of the NHMRC.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Featured Review: Interventions for investigating and identifying the causes of stillbirth

uto, 05/22/2018 - 21:17

There is no RCT evidence available to guide how best to investigate the causes of stillbirth – future trials are needed.

Identification of the causes of stillbirth is critical to the primary prevention of stillbirth and to the provision of optimal care in subsequent pregnancies. A wide variety of investigations are available, but there is currently no consensus on the optimal approach. Given their cost and potential to add further emotional burden to parents, there is a need to systematically assess the effect of these interventions on outcomes for parents, including psychosocial outcomes, economic costs, and on rates of diagnosis of the causes of stillbirth.

A team of Cochrane authors based in Australia, Netherlands, and United States worked with Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth to assess the effect of different tests, protocols or guidelines for investigating and identifying the causes of stillbirth on outcomes for parents, including psychosocial outcomes, economic costs, and rates of diagnosis of the causes of stillbirth. The Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth's Trials Register, ClinicalTrials.gov, and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) were searched. There were no eligible trials for inclusion in this review.

“Searching for causes of stillbirth can be difficult emotionally for families, and financially costly to health services and sometimes to parent,” says Ms Aleena M Wojcieszek, lead author of the Cochrane Review from NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Mater Research Institute - The University of Queensland. “There is a need to assess systematically which approaches are most helpful in finding causes of stillbirth, how cost-effective the different approaches are, what the emotional and social effects on parents are, what impact the investigations have on future pregnancies, and the end result of future pregnancies.”

Dr. Katherine J Gold, Cochrane Review author from Deptartment of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, added, “Future trials on this topic would be helpful, but such trials would need to be designed in a way that ensures all parents in the trial still receive the minimum standard of care in their local setting. Future trials would need to be conducted with the utmost care and consideration for the needs, concerns, and values of parents and families." Adding to this, Professor Vicki Flenady, senior author and Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth commented,  "Assessment of longer-term psychosocial variables, economic costs to health services, and effects on subsequent pregnancy care and outcomes should be considered in any future trials.”

 

Video from the University of Michigan Family Medicine


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Featured Review: Immersion in water during labour and birth

pet, 05/18/2018 - 13:34

Labouring in water may reduce the number of women having an epidural but does not appear to affect mode of birth or serious perineal tears.

Water immersion during labour and birth is increasingly popular and is becoming widely accepted across many countries, and particularly in midwifery-led care settings. However, there are concerns around neonatal water inhalation, increased requirement for admission to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), maternal and/or neonatal infection, and obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS).

A team of Cochrane authors based in the United Kingdom worked with Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth to update the 2011 Cochrane Review assessing the effects of water immersion during labour and/or birth (first, second and third stage of labour) on women and their infants. This review includes 15 trials conducted between 1990 and 2015 with a total of 3663 women.

Labouring in water may reduce the number of women having an epidural. Giving birth in water did not appear to affect mode of birth, or the number of women having a serious perineal tear. This review found no evidence that labouring in water increases the risk of an adverse outcome for women or their newborns. The trials varied in quality and further research is needed particularly for waterbirth and its use in birth settings outside hospital labour wards before we can be more certain of these effects. Research is also needed about women’s and caregivers experiences of labour and birth in water.

“Immersion in water during labour and waterbirth facilitates physiological labour and birth, offers women a non-pharmacological pain relief option and facilitates a sense of choice, control and comfort; qualities strongly associated with women’s satisfaction with their birth experience,” says Dr Elizabeth R Cluett, the lead author of the Cochrane Review. “Labouring and/or giving birth in water may enable healthy women who have a straightforward pregnancy to have fewer interventions leading to a spontaneous birth and provides them a choice that is available in all birth settings”

Dr. Ethel Burns, Cochrane Review author added, “An extensive search review and selection process was completed and 3 new trials that meet the Cochrane criteria on this topic were added to this update. We hope that more research will be conducted in birthing settings outside of hospital labour wards for the next update of this important Cochrane Review” 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Would you like to host a future Governance Meeting?

pet, 05/18/2018 - 08:16

Governance Meetings are Cochrane’s annual business meetings. We are looking for a Cochrane Groups to host the 2020 and 2021 events.

Cochrane Governance Meetings are an opportunity for the Cochrane’s Governing Board, Councils, and Executives to meet and discuss the organization’s Strategy to 2020 and related targets, and how these are being developed and implemented. From the 1-5 April 2019, Cochrane Poland will be hosting the event in Krakow.

It is important to note that Cochrane Governance Meetings are usually held in Europe, where the location should be within two hours’ travelling time of an international airport; but they can also be held elsewhere in the world, though at an easily accessible transport hub.

Find out more about the criteria for hosting a Governance Meetings and how to apply. 

Governance Meeting hosts are given support from the Cochrane Executive Team throughout the organization and hosting of the event.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 July 2018.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Would you like to host a future Governance Meeting?

pet, 05/18/2018 - 08:16

Governance Meetings are Cochrane’s annual business meetings. We are looking for a Cochrane Groups to host the 2020 and 2021 events.

Cochrane Governance Meetings are an opportunity for the Cochrane’s Governing Board, Councils, and Executives to meet and discuss the organization’s Strategy to 2020 and related targets, and how these are being developed and implemented. From the 1-5 April 2019, Cochrane Poland will be hosting the event in Krakow.

It is important to note that Cochrane Governance Meetings must be held in Europe or an easily accessible transport hub. At a minimum, the location should be within two hours’ travelling time of an international airport.

Find out more about the criteria for hosting a Governance Meetings and how to apply. 

Governance Meeting hosts are given support from the Cochrane Executive Team throughout the organization and hosting of the event.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 July 2018.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cochrane seeks Product Manager - London, UK

uto, 05/15/2018 - 17:45

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: London, UK
Application Closing Date: 25 may 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in Product Management to make a difference in the field of health care research.  

The Product Manager will own the Cochrane Library as a product through its lifecycle and ensure its ongoing technological and content development to meet identified user needs. They will be responsible for contributing to and implementing key elements of the strategic vision for the Cochrane Library, and be responsible for the overall success of the development pipeline for the product.

The successful candidate will act as a ‘champion’ for the Cochrane Library within the organisation. They will be responsible for taking the lead in the product market and ensuring a strategic fit between the market environment, the organisation’s capabilities, business needs and the product marketing strategy.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Publishing experience in scientific and medical publications and awareness of health knowledge and decision support products.
  • Minimum 3 years direct product management experience.
  • Demonstrated track record in developing product strategies and success in defining, launching and managing products.
  • Detailed knowledge of the mission and vision of Cochrane Library and in-depth understanding of the needs of its users and the processes that underpin its production.
  • Proven ability to make decisions, think strategically and take senior-level responsibility
  • IT literacy and the ability to gain an understanding of the technological aspects of the product, both in terms of its production and publication
  • Influencing and negotiation skills, sufficient to coordinate work undertaken by other stakeholders and cross-functional teams in the development cycle
  • Very strong communication and presentation skills, and the ability to translate content deliverables to business and technology focussed colleagues
  • Ability to analyse, pull together and present the key content, business and technology elements to inform sound strategic decisions
  • Strong project and programme management skills.

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Product Manager” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 25 May 2018 (12 midnight GMT)
 
Interviews to be held on: w/c 4 July 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Interim Translations Co-ordinator - Flexible location

pon, 05/14/2018 - 13:17

Job Title: Interim Translations Co-ordinator
Type of contract: Fixed term, June 2018 to January 2019
Location: Flexible

The Interim Translation Co-ordinator ensures the successful delivery of the Cochrane’s translation strategy and work plan as part of Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020 targets and goals and the Knowledge Translation (KT) Framework under the direction of the Head of KT. This person represents translation and multi-language needs across Cochrane’s Central Executive departments to ensure they are taken into account and implemented within editorial, communication and technological developments; coordinates the maintenance and development of infrastructure and processes for translation; oversees and supports all translation projects; and represents translation and multi-language matters within Cochrane as well as externally.

Key Result Areas

Work closely with, and facilitate communication between Cochrane’s Central Executive, translation project teams, and Cochrane’s publisher, John Wiley & Sons, to:

  • Take overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations required to deliver the translation strategy as part of Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020 and KT Framework;
  • Ensure the implementation of multi-language approaches as part of the wider KT implementation, help coordinate the responsible working group and deliver its workplan;
  • Oversee, support and engage with all on-going and planned translation projects;
  • Train and support translation project teams with their translation and dissemination activities to ensure effectiveness and quality;
  • Act as product owner and subject matter expert to develop and maintain multi-language functionality in all of Cochrane’s processes and products, including the Cochrane Library, cochrane.org, Archie, Sugar CRM, editorial and organisational processes;
  • Maintain and develop the Translation Management System (TMS) integration with Memsource, to take into account user feedback and improve usability;
  • Coordinate the review and adaption of Cochrane’s translation strategy.
Person Specification:
  • Background in translation, linguistics, communications or a related field;
  • Excellent working proficiency in English and working proficiency in at least one other language; additional languages are an advantage;
  • Verifiable competence and willingness to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and geographically dispersed teams;
  • Ability to work independently and accountably under general direction, and to provide sound advice and support to others;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (spoken, written and presentational) and a collaborative management style;
  • Proven project management and organisational skills; and the ability to coordinate the work of teams and individuals, ensuring the quality and timeliness of outputs.
  • Working experience or knowledge in content localisation and related matters including multi-language search and communications.
  • Technological knowledge, comfortable using specialised software and dealing with technical issues;
  • Time management skills, ability to work to deadlines and flexible hours as needed; 
  • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Interim Translations Co-ordinator” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.
Deadline for applications:  Wednesday 23th May 2018 (12 midnight GMT)

Monday, May 14, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks External Communications and Multi-Media Officer - Flexible, London preferred

čet, 05/10/2018 - 17:43

Salary: Competitive
Location:
Flexible, London, UK preferred
Position:
Permanent, full time

This role will be responsible for leading and managing Cochrane’s multi-media and external communications to raise the profile and impact of Cochrane and evidence informed healthcare, and to support the organization’s strategic and knowledge translation aims and operational activities.

Key Result Areas:

  • To coordinate the development and maintenance of Cochrane’s external communications, media outreach and multi-media relations on behalf of Cochrane’s Central Executive Team and wider Community/stakeholders.
  • To contribute to the implementation of Cochrane’s Knowledge Translations Strategy within the thematic area of ‘packaging and push,’ which describes a programme of work bridging production, dissemination and support to implementation through creating fit for purpose reviews and disseminating these effectively.
  • To contribute to the development of improving Cochrane’s existing and new Knowledge Translation products and processes in line with the KT implementation plan.
  • To ensure our communications and content is customized to the needs of end-users of Cochrane’s evidence.
  • To work alongside Cochrane’s community Groups worldwide to assist them in producing multi-media based content and building their external communications and social media strategies.
  • To work, establish and build new relationships with Cochrane authors and Review Groups and Networks to support, mentor and enhance their communications and multi- media content.
  • To establish new, and maintain relationships with key international media outlets, health and science correspondents, journalists, producers and editors.
  • To write, as required, materials for the purposes of print, broadcast, web and social media.
  • To monitor and report Cochrane’s media coverage and make recommendations to maintain an evidence-based approach to our communications and social media strategy.
  • To work as part of a core Central Executive team to create multi-media campaigns, online content, press releases, spokesperson statements and other KT audience-focused resources.
  • To act as main focal point for all reactive media requests and manage them effectively and efficiently.

Person Specification:

  • A degree or equivalent experience working within an external communications or multi-media content environment, journalism, and/or in a similar role.
  • Demonstrable experience of advising and implementing a media, multi-media media and communications strategy in conjunction with others; and proven success in communicating the vision and mission of an organization.
  •    Proven ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments.
  •    Proven ability to work alongside varied teams in different cultural and linguistic settings.
  •    Impressive interpersonal skills both in person and through teleconferences and webinars.
  •    An excellent understanding of multi-media platforms and how to successfully implement effective strategies to achieve the Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation’s operational objectives.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to work flexibly including outside normal working hours to accommodate different time-zones, and sporadic international travel.
  • Commitment to Cochrane’s mission and principles

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “External Communications and Multi-Media Officer” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.
Deadline for applications:  Friday 25th May 2018 (12 midnight GMT)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 Category: Jobs

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