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January to July 2014

Cochrane Systematic Review Training Event

In July 2014 the Cochrane ENT Disorders Group hosted a delegation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in Oxford for a programme of training on systematic reviews.

The faculty delivered a two-day course, which was well received (picture, from left to right, Maroeska Rovers, Professor of Evidence-Based Surgery at the Radboud University Medical Center; Anne Schilder NIHR Research Professor and Director, Clinical Trials Programme UCL Ear Institute; Martin Burton, Director of the UK Cochrane Centre; Sir Iain Chalmers, British health services researcher one of the founders of The Cochrane Collaboration; and Rich Rosenfeld, Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York).

The Cochrane ENT Group has had an eight-year relationship with the American Academy of ENT Surgeons, which started when we hosted a group awarded a travel grant by the Academy (supported by Sage) to attend the Dublin Colloquium in 2006. Since then we have hosted over 30 delegates and partnered with their professional journal, Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery to publish 25 Cochrane Corners.

In 2014, the travel award winners came to Oxford for this special training event. They were: Sarfaraz Banglawala, MD (row 4), Emily Boss, MD, MPH (row 3), Carol Bier-Laning, MD (row 4) and Marilene Wang, MD (row 3). They were accompanied by guideline staff from the Academy, Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD (row 1), Lisa Ishii, MD, MHS (row 2) and Stephanie Jones (row 3); as well as 5 self-supported attendees: Christine Gourin, MD, Carlos Esquivel, MD (row 5), Terri Giordano DNP, CRNP, CORLN (row 1), Masaru Ishii, MD, PhD (row 6) and Stacey Ishman, MD, MPH (row 4). Also pictured are Anne Schilder (row 5), Martin Burton (row 4), Jenny Bellorini, Managing Editor (row 3) and Rich Rosenfeld, Samantha Faulkner, Trials Search Co-ordinator and Maroeska Rovers (row 1).

Getting in touch


Jenny Bellorini, Managing Editor
Samantha Faulkner, Trial Search Co-ordinator
and Assistant ME


(+44)1865 231051/517610


@CochraneENT for the latest Cochrane training and events,

EBM resources, news on our latest reviews and much more.

We would love to hear what you think. Please let us know what you do and don't like to see: email Samantha Faulkner or tweet us @CochraneENT.

Evidently Cochrane

The UK Cochrane Centre relaunches the Evidently Cochrane blog with a new look website:

Cochrane UK/Ireland Symposium

The Cochrane ENT Group at the 21st Cochrane UK and Ireland Symposium, Manchester

Martin Burton, Cochrane ENT Group Co-ordinating Editor, hosted this event as Director of the UK Cochrane Centre. The theme was 'Making Cochrane evidence useful, usable and used #CE3U'.

Professor Rich Rosenfeld, Professor of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate, New York, editor-in-chief of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and an Editor for the Cochrane ENT Group, travelled from the US to talk about reviews, guidelines and the greater good - translating systematic reviews into clinical practice guidelines. His plenary is available to view online here.

For an overview of the event visit here and to view the videos of the plenaries visit here.
Research priorities in ENT

Most people suffer from an ear, nose and throat (ENT) condition at some stage in their life. More than two-thirds of children will have an ear infection by the age of three, one in four adults suffers from hay fever, and with age we all lose some of our hearing and may suffer from dizziness leading to falls. Healthcare professionals who deal with ENT problems also treat head and neck cancers, conditions affecting hearing, smell, taste and balance, and problems with the voice, breathing and swallowing.

Cochrane ENT Group works hard to ensure that our resources are focused on the most important review topics and the outcomes that are most important to patients. For all new review proposals our international editorial panel, who represent all the ENT sub-specialties and general practice, are asked to consider whether the review topic is important, whether the question is the 'right' one and whether there are likely to be studies suitable for inclusion. We are also currently assessing our suite of existing reviews and considering these questions in the context of prioritising review updates.

Along with our colleagues at evidENT, UCL Ear Institute, we support and contribute to other projects that aim to prioritise research in ENT. We aim to utilise the outcome of these efforts to better inform our prioritise in the future.

GENERATE (ENT) - Working together to develop research  

 is working with the British Academy of Audiology and the British Society of Audiology to develop GENERATE, a joint national programme for research and raising awareness of the importance of continuing research into ENT, hearing and balance conditions.
A GENERATE survey has been developed to ask patients and their carers, healthcare professionals, researchers, charities and people who design and deliver healthcare services to decide on the most important areas for research in ENT, hearing and balance, in order to prioritise, develop and find funding for the top projects.
The GENERATE survey is available online and will be open until 30 September 2014.

Become an EMBASE screener

Crowd sourcing/citizen science for Cochrane

The EMBASE project provides an opportunity for new and potential contributors to get involved with Cochrane work by diving into a task that needs doing.

The purpose of the project is to identify reports of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs from EMBASE for publication in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL).

A web-based screening tool has been developed so that anyone with access to the internet can join the collective effort to screen the search results for relevance to CENTRAL.

This task has been designed so that it fits around people’s busy lives and they can dip in and out as it suits them, very much like the classification tasks offered by the likes of Zooniverse and other citizen science initiatives. We don’t want volunteers to experience the burden of working to a deadline or to feel that they cannot adjust their level of involvement.

For more information, and to get involved, click here.

New #CochraneEvidence from


New reviews
Interventions to improve hearing aid use in adult auditory rehabilitation
Amplification with hearing aids for patients with tinnitus and co-existing hearing loss
De-escalation treatment protocols for human papillomavirus-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma
Photodynamic therapy for recurrent respiratory papillomatosis

New protocols
Concurrent chemoradiotherapy with weekly versus three-weekly cisplatin in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Immunonutrition for patients undergoing surgery for head and neck cancer
Minimally invasive surgery versus radiotherapy/chemoradiotherapy for early-stage oropharyngeal carcinoma

Therapeutic exercises for affecting post-treatment swallowing in people treated for advanced-stage head and neck cancers
Therapeutic ultrasound for chronic rhinosinusitis                                    
Tonsillectomy or adenotonsillectomy versus non-surgical management for sleep-disordered breathing in children

New registered titles
Dietary modifications including restriction of salt intake for the treatment of Ménière’s disease or syndrome
Interventions for the prevention of postoperative grommet (ventilation tube) obstruction
Tonsillectomy or adenotonsillectomy versus non-surgical management for sleep-disordered breathing in children
Tonsillectomy versus tonsillotomy for sleep-disordered breathing in children

Elsewhere in Cochrane

Cochrane Connect

Cochrane Connect is a new international newsletter connecting Cochrane contributors every month with the newest health evidence, news about Cochrane projects, impact, training and event alerts, and more. Subscribe here.

Cochrane Strategy to 2020

Cochrane has set out its vision and strategy to 2020. Find out more here.

RevMan 5.3 released

RevMan 5.3 is now available to download. This release contains a mixture of small iterative changes and a few larger improvements, such as:
  • Guidance pane: this pane will give authors easy access to the MECIR standards, but can also be used for other context-specific guidance for reviews.
  • Risk of bias changes: the 'Risk of bias' summary for an outcome can now be viewed alongside the forest plot.
  • Flexible reviews: the new version will support new review types being developed, such as Prognosis or Qualitative reviews, by including a ‘Flexible Review’ format - these review types, however, can only be written with firm support...

Altmetrics for the Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library Publishers, Wiley have launched a partnership with Altmetric, a service that tracks and measures the impact of scholarly articles and data sets on both traditional and social media. Altmetric scores and badges are displayed on each Cochrane Protocol and Review published in The Cochrane Library.

Find out more about Am scores here or check out Cochrane ENT reviews here.


Cochrane Training

Please find a list of forthcoming training workshops listed here, and online learning materials for Cochrane authors and much more are available here.

Forthcoming events

22nd Cochrane Colloquium
The annual Cochrane Colloquium 2014 will be hosted by the South Asian Cochrane Centre in Hyderabad, India from 21-26 September 2014. The theme will be 'Evidence-Informed Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges'. Registration is now open.


Can you help us with occasional translation?

When our authors are working on their systematic reviews they frequently identify trials published in languages other than English or another language they speak. As the range of international databases we search on behalf of authors has expanded over the years, the number of non-English language papers encountered has steadily increased. These papers need to be assessed for eligibility for potential inclusion in our reviews and, if they meet the necessary criteria, have data and other information extracted. For this we need a pool of volunteers, with a wide range of languages, that we can call on from time to time.
We are enormously grateful to the Cochrane authors who already regularly help us out with occasional translation; from a basic quick check for eligibility to full data extraction. We always need more translators, however. If you have a language and would be able to offer occasional help please get in touch with Jenny Bellorini, Managing Editor.

CRG Funding Acknowledgement: The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the largest single funder of the Cochrane Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Group.  

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

Copyright © 2014 Cochrane Ear Nose and Throat Disorders Group, All rights reserved.

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