Working with evidence

DSCF0651Additional Training Opportunities

This is just a reminder that East Cheshire staff may access training courses provided at other library venues besides our own here in New Alderley House. This is due to a reciprocal arrangement between ourselves, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester.

Stepping Hill currently has free courses on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Literature Searching
  • Introduction to Critical Appraisal with statistics
  • In-depth Literature Searching
  • The Cochrane Library
  • Using PubMed effectively

Courses at UHSM have yet to be published.

See our webpage for dates and times

Don’t forget for 1:1 training on updating or developing your evidence search skills using the healthcare databases (HDAS), NICE or Cochrane, please get in touch with one of our Outreach Librarians.  Contact Carole Keeling if you are based at the Trust or Steve Collman for any community based staff or students.

 

Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

Eyes on Evidence: Issue 38, June 2012

 People who are admitted to hospital with a psychotic disorder may have their illness misclassified. Diagnosis should be reassessed periodically to ensure that the most appropriate interventions are being used.

There may be differences in mortality risk between individual antipsychotic agents used to treat people with dementia. Patients should be monitored for adverse events in the acute treatment period, and periodic attempts to discontinue medication should be made.

Caution is urged over the long-term use of antiplatelets in people with chronic kidney disease. Treating 1000 patients with oral antiplatelet therapy for a year may prevent nine heart attacks, but this needs to be balanced against an increased risk of bleeding.
Pregnant women may experience some benefit from using relaxation techniques during labour, in relation to reduced pain, increased satisfaction and improved clinical outcomes. However, the available evidence is insufficient to make clinical recommendations.

Antimuscarinic drugs for urinary incontinence in women 

There is no strong evidence of a clinically important difference in efficacy between antimuscarinic drugs. The choice of antimuscarinic drug for an individual woman is likely to depend on tolerability, patient preference, and cost.

Details of a new resource available via NHS Evidence search.

Cochrane quality and productivity topics

Potential disinvestment opportunities highlighted this month are:
  • Aminosalicylates for induction of remission or response in Crohn’s disease.
  • Oral budesonide for induction of remission in ulcerative colitis.

Evidence Updates

This month NHS Evidence has published three Evidence Updates.
  • Improving outcomes in head and neck cancers.
  • Familial breast cancer.
  • Sedation in children and young people.

FREE Cochrane Library online training session

Wiley are offering instructor-led online training on how to use The Cochrane Library thecochranelibrary.com

All that you will need is a good internet connection and access to a telephone.  This training is completely free of charge and will be conducted over the telephone and via the internet using a product called webex that allows you to view live presentations from your desktop.  Once registered, the trainer will supply you with a Toll-Free number to dial, so that attendees can speak to the presenter, listen to the presentation and take part in the online meeting at the same time without incurring any costs.  A set of headphones is useful to avoid distracting others.   A pc and headphones can be booked in the Staff Library if that helps.

The session will last approximately 1 hour.  Places are strictly limited and to sign up just follow the link below and paste it and then select “Registration”:

Session date: Wednesday, 20 June 2012

See:
https://wiley-onlinelibrary.webex.com/mw0306ld/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=wiley-onlinelibrary

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.