Wiley, the publishers of the Cochrane Library, have now started to create special collections of Cochrane resources. These are thematic collections of evidence on a key topic, gathered together in one place. They are often made available to coincide with a specific day in the health promotion calendar, or to respond to a particular need (such as the swine flu pandemic).
So far, special collections have included:
- World Asthma Day
- World No Tobacco Day
- World Kidney Day
- Depression and anxiety
- World Tuberculosis Day
There are no dentistry or oral health special collections as yet, but a couple of topics suggest themselves. Oral cancer is a significant disease, with over 400,000 people developing the condition each year (source: Cochrane Review). The Oral Health Group now has a number of published reviews on the subject and two diagnostic test accuracy reviews in process. This could be a potential special collection in future. Another option might be the Group’s reviews on dental caries, which is the most common chronic childhood disease (source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) and has a number of published intervention reviews. So watch this space!