The workshop – “Introduction to Writing a Cochrane Review”, October 01 – 02, Iasi, Romania

The workshop “Introduction to Writing a Cochrane Review, October 1-2, Iasi, Romania”was organized in Iasi, on 1-2 October 2015, within the sustainability component of CHRONEX-RD project.

Associate Professor Angela Webster, deputy editor of Cochrane Kidney and Transplant came to Iasi on behalf of Cochrane World Organization by the working group in Sydney, Australia (http://www.cochrane-renal.org/).

The course was thought as having two separate parts and having two different sessions. The first session was on 1 October 2015, with the length of about 3 hours and having a large addressability: final year students, PhD students, MA students, and academic teaching staff regardless of their specialization but being interested in research. The following three topics were discussed during this session:

  • The importance of medicine based on evidence (MBD) and how it can change the clinical general practice. “How evidence from systematic reviews can help people make better decisions
  • An overall presentation about Cochrane network and the importance of Cochrane systematic reviews. Cochrane reviews that have changed our perspective
  • The interactive presentation about how to write a medical article using the software of e-learning online Socrative. Writing a medical paper

Approximately 40 academic teaching staff and 27 students attended it.

The second session on 2 October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. addressed the possible authors of Cochrane meta-analyses. The course took place in the conference hall of UMF Iasi, offering access to Internet, IT support and computer network for the participants. Thirty-two academic teaching staff attended, they were from the Faculty of Medicine as well as from the Faculty of Dentistry, from the preclinical and clinical academic subjects (oncology, pneumology, gynecology, internal medicine, nephrology, etc). There were theoretical and practical presentations including the main notions of clinical epidemiology and of medical bio-statistics which allow the creation of a Cochrane review and meta-analysis. As well, there was a presentation of the computer program that allows the creation for free of meta-analyses, Review Manager (RevMan).

The proposed structure for the course was:

  • Introduction to writing a Cochrane review
  • Defining a review question
  • Introduction to RevMan
  • Introduction to meta-analysis
  • Practical exercise: RevMan / Work on protocol
  • Evaluation and close

The participants to this course were 5 researchers from the University of Medicine from Odessa and one researcher from the University of Medicine from Chisinau. Ms Angela Webster was impressed by the role of our guiding university, the coordinating centre for these universities within Chronex-RD network.