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Cochrane library and other evidence based medicine reviews

Cochrane Library and other Evidence Based Medicine Reviews

January 2012

Michelle Leblanc, M.Bibl.,

Health Sciences Library

Presentation outline


  • EBM Reviews contents

  • Ovid Databases menu

  • Whatis Cochrane Collaboration

  • Whatis Cochrane Database of SystematicReviews (CR)

  • Whatis a systematicreview

  • Whatis « Database of Reviews of Effects »

  • Accessing EBM Reviews

  • Remoteaccess

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Presentationoutline - continued

  • Understand what is in each section of EBM Reviews

  • Ovid databases Help

  • Simple search

  • Full text review

  • Cochrane Review in pdf format

  • Search history

  • Searching with MeSH

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Presentationoutline - continued

  • Sections of CL indexedwithMeSH

  • Re-execute search in another section of EBMR

  • Choose another section: DARE

  • Results, DARE

  • Full text review in its original source

  • Exportingreferences to RefWorks

  • Manage your references

  • Save a searchstrategy on EBM Reviews

Presentation outline end

Presentationoutline - end

  • Can I send a Cochrane Review by email?

  • SearchHints

  • Definitions and methodology

  • CLUG discussion list

  • Canadian Cochrane Network

  • Contact us

Ebmr or evidence based medicine reviews contents

EBMR or EvidenceBasedMedicineReviews contents:

Cochrane Library, a set of evidence based databases put together by a group called Cochrane Collaboration :

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects

  • Cochrane Central Register of ControlledTrials

  • Cochrane Methodology Studies

  • Technology Assessment

  • NHS Economic Evaluations

Ebmr or evidence based medicine reviews contents continued

EBMR or EvidenceBasedMedicineReviews contents - continued:

In addition to the databases on the previousslide:

  • ACP Journal Club, whichincludes 2 journalscontainingarticle reviews:

    • ACP Journal Club (publication of the American College of Physicians)

    • Evidence-Based Medicine (joint publication conjointe of the American College of Physicians and the British Medical Journal Group)

Ovid database menu

Ovid Database Menu

Cochrane collaboration

Cochrane Collaboration

“…is an international network of (…) people from over 100 countries(…)that work together to help health care providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about health care, based on the best available research evidence, by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,600 so far, published online in The Cochrane Library.”

Cochrane database of systematic reviews cdsr

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)

  • “The CDSR includes all Cochrane Reviews (and protocols) prepared by Cochrane Review Groups in The Cochrane Collaboration. Each Cochrane Review is a peer-reviewed systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team) in The Cochrane Collaboration.”

  • It is the most famous part of the Cochrane Library.

Systematic reviews

Systematic Reviews

  • Identify all relevant published and unpublished evidence

  • Select studies or reports for inclusion

  • Assess the quality of each study or report

  • Synthetize the findings from individual studies or reports

  • in an unbiasedway

  • Interpret the findings and present a balanced

  • Provide an impartial summary of the findings with due consideration of any flaws in the evidence.

Database of abstracts of reviews of effects dare

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)

  • Provides structured abstracts of systematic reviews (no full text)

  • These reviews are produced worldwide and published in various scholarly journals

  • They are evaluated according to high criteria of the UK National Health Service Center for Reviews and Dissemination

Accessing ebm reviews many ways

Accessing EBM Reviews: many ways

  • Visit our library webpage – Key resources.

  • A-Z list of databases, C, Cochrane E, EBMR Reviews…

  • HealthsubjectsResearch guides, (Nursing, rehabilitation), Find articles, relevant databases

Remote access


  • User name=jsmit045

    (student James Smith, email [email protected])

  • Password=yymmjjxxwhere

    • yy=last 2 digits of youryear of birth

    • mm=month of birth (ex., April=04)

    • dd=date of birth (ex. 6th = 06)

    • xx=last 2 digits of yours.i.n.

      (ex. 463 834 255)

Remote access authentication screen

Remoteaccess: authenticationscreen

Understand what is in each section of ebm reviews

Understandwhatis in each section of EBM Reviews


Sytematicreviews on health interventions and theireffects

Controlled trials reviews


References to articles reporting on clinical trials –original communications

For the descriptions of other sections, click on i

Ovid database help ebmr evidence based medicine reviews component descriptions

Ovid database help: EBMR (Evidence Based Medicine Reviews) component descriptions

Online help on ebm reviews

Online help on EBM Reviews

Pointer sur

S imple search

Simple search

By default in titles, abstracts and keywords

Results ti ot ab tx kw ct sh hw


The searchwasrun on severalfieldsincluding full text (tx) soitis not veryspecific

Results selection of search fields ti hw kf sh

Results, selection of searchfields - ti,hw,kf,sh

Results ti only

Results, ti only

Here the 2 termswereretrievedonly in the titles.

Limits filter by

Limits : Filter by

Limit in time

Limit to a specific EBM Reviews section

Results limit to cdsr

Results : limit to CDSR

Click for full text

Full text review

Full textreview



Cochrane review in pdf format

Cochrane Review in pdf format

Cliquer sur les icônes pour imprimer ou sauvegarder

Search history


  • You can combine sets by checking the boxes thenclicking on the desiredoperator

Searching with mesh


  • One can use MeSH to search EBM Reviews

  • To better target the subject

  • To decrease the number of hits

What is indexed with mesh in ebm reviews

WhatisindexedwithMeSH in EBM Reviews

Re execute your search in another section of ebm reviews

Re-execute your search in another section of EBM Reviews

Resources thatweresearched for the currentsearch

Click to change resource

Choose another resource


Choose the resource by clicking in the box

Click the Select /Runbutton to run the search

Results searching dare

Results, searching DARE

Only one reference

Full text review in its original source

Full textreview in its original source

Export references

Export references

Choose one or severalreferencesthen click Export

Choisir les références et/ou cliquer sur l’option désirée

Makeyourchoices and click on Export

Exporting continued

Exporting - continued

Connect to RefWorks or createyouraccount

Exporting continued1

Exporting - continued

Click and yourreferenceswillbedisplayed in the«Last Imported » folder

Manage your references

Manage yourreferences

1. Create a new folder and nameit

2. Choose one, several or all references

3. Add in the choosenfolder

N.B.for more information on RefWorksfunctions, click on Help and consult the tutorials.

Reference to a cdsr r eview as seen in refworks

Reference to a CDSR review(as seen in RefWorks)

Save a search strategy on ebm reviews

Save a searchstrategy on EBM Reviews


Save the search

Save the search

Name the search, addcomments if desired, choose the type of savedsearch, and click on Save.

Can i email a cochrane review

Can I email a Cochrane Review ?

2 ways:

Email Jumpstart: link to this page, including the pdf link

Email article text: only the text, without the links.


Search hints find 2 terms together

Searchhints: find 2 termstogether

  • Prematurelabor : willretrieve exact phrase « prematurelabor »

Search hints truncation

Searchhints: truncation

  • Nurs* orNurs$willretrieve Nurse, nurses, nursing, nursery…

  • Disorder* or Disorder$willretrieveDisorder or disorders, disordered…

  • The 2 truncationsymbols, $ and *, are the same

Search hints mesh

Searchhints: MeSH

  • Do not use MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) routineley, since not all the documents are indexed with these terms.

Search in cdsr and dare no mesh field

Search in CDSR and DARE: no MeSH field!

Key word search in cdsr and dare

Key Word search in CDSR and DARE

Reference to a cdsr with mesh on ebmr

Reference to a CDSR with MeSHon EBMR

Note that the kw actually are MeSH

Reference to the same review on medline

Reference to the same review on Medline

However not all the MeSHare kw.

Search hints continued

Search hints - continued

  • All issues - quarterly - of EBM Reviews arecumulative. You can limit the search to new documents (New Reviews), updated documents (Recently Updated Reviews).

Definitions and methodology

Definitions and methodology

Canadian Cochrane Centre Resources

Join the clug discussion list cochrane library users group

Join the CLUG discussion list(Cochrane Library Users Group)

Canadian cochrane centre

Canadian Cochrane Centre

Contact us at the health sciences library

Contact us at the Health Sciences Library

[email protected]

613-562-5800 ext. 8294

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