Evidently Cochrane – health evidence you can trust

Evidently Cochrane is a blog supported by Cochrane UK that aims to makes healthcare evidence more accessible by providing a summary of key evidence. It’s aimed at health care professionals as well as patients and their carers.

There is usually a new post each week, with more during special events such as health awareness weeks. Items may include evidence from Cochrane Systematic Reviews as well as other guidelines and publications. Each item has links to the original sources used.

As well as viewing the latest posts on the website, you can also sign up to one of three newsletters, namely Evidence for Everyday Allied Health, Evidence for Everyday Nursing, or Evidence for Everyday Midwifery. You can also keep up to date by following Evidently Cochrane on Twitter.

Evidently Cochrane are also looking for writers for future items, and there is more information on the website including a list of possible topics, but if you are interested in writing about a topic not on the list, it could be considered. Writing for Evidently Cochrane could be good for your revalidation and continuing professional development.

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