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May 2013 @CochraneENT

The 20th anniversary of the founding of

The Cochrane Collaboration marked in 2013 The occasion of our 20th Anniversary is being celebrated throughout the year with a series of events, publications and videos. Many of you have been members of the Cochrane ENT Group and the wider Cochrane Collaboration for many years and we thank you for your contribution and support. We hope that you share our pride in our achievements. For those of you who are new to Cochrane, we would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about our organisation:

Who we are and what we do The Cochrane Collaboration is a not-for-profit, global network of approximately 28,000 dedicated people in 120 countries. We are all bound by a shared passion for helping patients, policy-makers and practitioners make informed healthcare decisions based on all the best research evidence available. The Collaboration also has a small central team of 500 full- and part-time staff. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their field of medicine, health policy, research methodology and consumer advocacy. These experts work together from all over the world and are situated in some of the worlds finest academic and medical institutions.

The best scientific evidence on whether different drugs and procedures are safe and effective is scattered across different sources and journals, often in different languages. Practitioners and patients need a fast way to access the best evidence and use it to influence their decisions. They also need to know that the source of this evidence is trustworthy and kept up-to-date. The Cochrane Collaboration is a trusted organisation that gathers the best available scientific evidence, analyses what this collective evidence says about a particular drug or procedure, and shares the findings with practitioners, governments and the public. We use a powerful, systematic process to create Cochrane reviews. Our reviews are widely considered to be the gold standard of health evidence.

The work of The Cochrane Collaboration touches on multiple aspects of health and health care. We produce Cochrane reviews across the widest possible range of healthcare topics. The Cochrane Library now includes more than 5400 individual reviews on a wide range of healthcare topics, with more than 2300 underway. These reviews are produced by 53 different Review Groups, of which the ENT Group is one, each focused on specific aspects of health.

What makes us unique and important

The Cochrane Collaboration is a recognised leader in furthering the science of systematic reviews. Before Cochrane embarked on its work, systematic reviews were virtually unknown in health care. From its inception, The Cochrane Collaboration has involved innovative methodologists who developed many of the methods that have set the standard for systematic reviews today. These standards and methods are continuously being developed and improved.

We are generating impact around the world. Fifty per cent of the worlds population has free one-click

The Cochrane Collaboration is named

in honour of Archie Cochrane (1909-1988), a British medical

researcher who made a great

contribution to the science of


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Library, Cochrane Archive, University Hospital Llandough

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access to full-text reviews (many low-income countries are granted free access to The Cochrane Library). From February 2013 all Cochrane reviews will be freely available via open access 12 months after publication in The Cochrane Library. Abstracts and Plain Language Summaries of all Cochrane reviews are also available for free worldwide.

Cochrane reviews are frequently used to set national and international healthcare policies and regularly appear in guidelines. Some of the guidelines citing ENT reviews in the last 12 months are listed here.

The Cochrane Collaborations reputation for excellence has allowed us to forge close working ties with several of the worlds leading independent healthcare bodies, including the World Health Organization. We have been awarded a seat on the World Health Assembly, allowing the Collaboration to provide input on WHO health resolutions as a NonGovernmental Organization in Official Relations with the WHO.

The principles & ethos of The Cochrane Collaboration

We are dedicated, first and foremost, to advancing health care. We foster a culture of sharing, not competition. We encourage open and transparent communication and collaboration between all our contributors around the world.

One of the main principles of The Cochrane Collaboration is minimising bias. We have a strict policy that prevents commercial sponsorship, in any form, from supporting the creation of any Cochrane review. We are not influenced by commercial or financial interests. Our independent status helps us maintain the quality of our output at all times.

The Cochrane Collaboration is led by a Board of Trustees, known as the Steering Group, which is made up of elected members from around the world, drawn from the leadership of Cochrane groups. Expert scientists, researchers, health policy-makers, consumer advocates and patients give their time freely, and align themselves with our ethos, to produce Cochrane reviews. Our volunteer-driven model means those individuals who contribute to the Collaboration do so for the public good. This is far more sustainable than a remunerative model. In fact, the number of people working within Cochrane in 120 countries has increased by about 25 per cent every year for the last five years. People want to be a part of this effort.

We aim to empower patients and healthcare consumers by providing the evidence they need to make informed decisions about their own health care and ensuring patient viewpoints are included in the Cochrane review production process. We publish our Plain Language Summaries and abstracts online, making them easy to search and available free of charge to the public in The Cochrane Library and through Cochrane Summaries.

How our stakeholders can contribute to the success of our mission

We encourage people with different skills and backgrounds to contribute to The Cochrane Collaboration in a variety of ways. These might include: preparing new or updated systematic reviews, training people to conduct and use Cochrane reviews, developing methodology and acting as peer reviewers. We continually strive to reduce barriers to contributing and are committed to encouraging diversity.

Health care is, ultimately, about patients and their families. Thats why we encourage patients throughout

the world to share their perspectives and influence the direction and output of healthcare research through

their involvement in the Cochrane Consumer Network.

The Cochrane Collaboration has a broad collegial framework, not framed by traditional structures. As a part

of the Collaboration, you have access to a large and varied medical, academic and scientific network. There

is a generation of social and intellectual capital in The Cochrane

Collaboration. It is a remarkable and generous organisation, whose

spirit and ethos allows its international contributors to improve

health and the place of evidence while building relationships with

colleagues around the world.

21st Cochrane Colloquium Better Knowledge for Better Health (Un meilleur savoir pour une meilleure sant)

The focus of this years Colloquium is on how evidence informs healthcare decisions at every level - from patient to practitioner, to institutional or government policy-maker.

Plenary sessions will feature international experts addressing topics within this theme, from the perspectives of decision-makers, global health and equity and looking both back over the last 20 years of better knowledge for better health and forward to the next 20 years. In addition, there will be special sessions on specific topics, including: Wikipedia and transferring health information; Patients, evidence production and its use; Evidence for policy-makers; Systematic reviews and guideline development.

The Colloquium will commence on Friday 20 September 2013 with the opening ceremony and first plenary session and end on Monday 23 September. In addition to an excellent scientific programme, there will also be a superb social programme with opportunities to network and meet new and existing colleagues from around the world. The Welcome Reception will take place on the evening of Thursday 19 September.

Registration is now open. An early registration discount is available until 15 July 2013 and registration closes on 6 September 2013. Full details are at

Cochrane signs up to AllTrials initiative to campaign for registration and reporting of all clinical trials

The AllTrials initiative (All Trials Registered | All Results Reported) was launched in January 2013 to campaign on the issue of unreported trial data. Full release of data is critical to allow clinicians and regulators to make inf

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