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The Cochrane Collaboration and South African Cochrane Centre (SACC). Godwin N. Aja , MCH, CHES Department of Health Sciences Babcock University Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

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The cochrane collaboration and south african cochrane centre sacc

The Cochrane Collaboration and South African Cochrane Centre (SACC)

Godwin N. Aja, MCH, CHES

Department of Health Sciences

Babcock University

Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

A Workshop Presentation at the African Cochrane Contributors Meeting organized by the South African Cochrane Centre, May 22-29, 2007 at the South African Medical and Research Council Conference Centre, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa


The cochrane collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration

  • An international organization

  • Aims to help people make well-informed decisions about health care by:

    • Preparing, maintaining, and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions.

    • Synthesizing healthcare evidence (since 1993)

      “It is surely a great criticism of our profession that we have not organized a critical summary, by specialty or subspecialty, adapted periodically, of all relevant randomized controlled trials”.

      Archie Cochrane, 1979


Brief history

Brief History


Cochrane logo

Cochrane Logo

  • Seven randomized controlled trials (RCTs)

  • Comparing short, inexpensive course of a corticosteroid with a placebo.

  • Each horizontal line represents the results of one trial (the shorter the line, the more certain the result);

  • Diamond represents their combined results

  • Vertical line indicates trials had similar effects

  • Diamond to the left of the vertical line indicates treatment studied is beneficial.

  • The first of these RCTs was reported in 1972.


The principles

The principles

  • Collaboration

  • Building on enthusiasm of individuals

  • Avoiding duplication

  • Minimizing bias

  • Keeping up to date

  • Ensuring relevance

  • Ensuring access

  • Continuous quality improvement

  • Continuity

  • Enabling wide participation


Cochrane collaboration structure

Cochrane CollaborationStructure

Collaborative Review Groups

Centres

Steering Group

Methods Groups

Fields

The Consumer Network


Cochrane centres

Cochrane Centres

Canadian

Nordic

German

UK

Dutch

Italian

Iberoamerican

US

Chinese

Brazilian

South African

Australasian


Crg structure

CRG structure

Editorial Office

Co-ordinating Editor

Review Group Co-ordinator

Trials Search Co-ordinator

Consumer referees

Internal/External referees

Editors

Review authors

Contact/feedback editors

Handsearchers

Statisticians


Web site

Web site


South african cochrane centre sacc

South African Cochrane Centre (SACC)

  • Part of the international Cochrane Collaboration

  • The only Cochrane Centre in Africa and serves as the reference Centre for individuals in the following African countries:

    • Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

      Website: http://www.mrc.ac.za/cochrane/cochrane.htm


Sacc mission

SACC Mission

  • To prepare and maintain systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions. To promote access to and the use of evidence from systematic reviews in healthcare decision making throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


Sacc current projects

SACC Current Projects

  • African Trials Register

  • Evidence in Action Board GameEvidence-based Practice

  • Training workshopsHIV/AIDS Mentoring Programme

  • Reviews for Africa Programme (RAP)

  • Supporting Translation of Evidence into Policy and Practice (STEPP)

  • Systematic Review Group Problem-busting Sessions

  • Cochrane systematic review protocol development and RevMan workshop


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