PRISMA Flow Diagrams for Cochrane Review Updates


Capturing the flow…. Photo copyright Jonathan Billinger and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

In 2012, The Cochrane Collaboration published their Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews, a set of guidelines showing the mandatory and highly desirable elements of a Cochrane systematic review. One of the MECIR statements was that all new reviews should have a PRISMA flow diagram. A PRISMA flow diagram is essentially a flow chart, showing the number of studies screened, included and excluded at each stage of the review. However, to date there has been no guidance on how to create or expand a PRISMA diagram for a Cochrane review update. A working group of Cochrane Information Specialists have recently published a paper in the Systematic Reviews journal, giving recommendations on PRISMA diagrams and review updates.

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20th Anniversary of the Cochrane Collaboration

cochrane_annual_report_logoThe Cochrane Collaboration is twenty years old this year.

To celebrate, 24 videos are being released every two weeks. The videos focus on the ideas, achievements and people that have contributed to the Collaboration’s growth since 1993. They will draw on 100 interviews with past and present Cochrane contributors from around the world.

Check the Collaboration’s Anniversary Website for the first video, released this week!

Scientific programme for the 20th Cochrane Colloquium has been finalized

49 workshops and 68 oral presentations will take place at the Cochrane Colloquium, which will be held from September 30 to October 3 in Auckland, New Zealand. Details of the plenary sessions have also been released:

Rational thinking about health care

  • Richard Smith – Director of the United Health Chronic Initiative and former editor of the BMJ and CEO of the BMJ Publishing Group
  • Catherine Marshall – New Zealand based guideline adviser and health consultant

Beyond healthcare decisions: systematic reviews as a tool for informing future research and research methodology

  • Julian Higgins – Senior Statistician, Cambridge and Professor of Evidence Synthesis, CRD University of York, England
  • Thomas Lumley – Professor of Biostatistics, New Zealand
  • Georgia Salanti – Assistant Professor at the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece

It’s about connections

  • Bruce Arroll – Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care, New Zealand
  • Ashley Bloomfield – Acting Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Norman Swan – Host of the Health Report, on ABC Radio National, and Tonicon ABC Television (News24), Australia
  • Catherine McIlwain – Cochrane Consumer Co-ordinator, England

Better global health

  • Mike Ardagh – Professor of Emergency Medicine, New Zealand
  • Steffan Crausaz – Acting Chief Executive for PHARMAC, New Zealand
  • Rod Jackson – Professor of Epidemiology, New Zealand
  • Jonathan Craig – Paediatric Nephrologist, Australia

Visit the Colloquium website for more details and to register. Please note that the deadline for early bird registration is 12 July, don’t miss out!

New website on systematic reviews launched – YourHealthNet

The Centre for Health Communication and Participation – with support from the Australasian Cochrane Centre – has launched a brand new website: YourHealthNet.

The site contains useful tools for anyone interested or involved in the Cochrane Collaboration. These include:

  • Diagrams to explain the concept, contents and process of publishing a Cochrane Systematic Review
  • Audio recordings of people’s accounts of using Cochrane reviews to inform healthcare decision making
  • Links to consumer-orientated websites

The site will be developed over time to include even more useful content.