How can you help?
Cochrane Vascular has over 700 members from all over the world who help with the activities of the group. These members come from a variety of different backgrounds, and include medical practitioners, surgeons, nurses, statisticians, policy decision makers, and members of the public who have an interest in peripheral vascular diseases. Membership of the group is free, and members may volunteer their services in a number of different ways:
Preparing a systematic review - please see Resources for more detail.
Providing details of previous and ongoing trials - in order to ensure competeness, and to avoid bias in Cochrane reviews, it is vital that all possible sources of information on RCTs are thoroughly searched. This includes electronic databases (EMBASE, MEDLINE and others), handsearching, and cross referencing of conference procedures, drug company literature, and other sources (word of mouth etc.). If you know of any previous (published or unpublished), ongoing (published or unpublished), proposed future trials, or conference proceedings which may be relevant, please send the details to our editorial base. Conference proceedings will be searched by staff working for the group and returned as soon as possible.
Providing statistical advice - all reviews published by Cochrane Vascular are scrutinised by our statistical editor. In addition it is helpful to use individuals with a statistical background as co-authors .
Acting as peer referees - before publication in the Cochrane Library all reviews are examined by an editorial team consisting of an editor, a statistical editor, a peer referee and a consumer referee. If you would like to act as a referee please submit the form below, stating clearly your fields of interest.
Helping to translate and identify non-English randomised controlled trials - many references to relevant RCTs, CCTs and QRCTs, are published in non-English journals. To ensure that Cochrane reviews incorporate all relevant information from suitable designed trials, it is vital that evidence from non-English publications is included in reviews. Consequently Cochrane Vascular is continuously identifying through its searching activities articles which require translation. Members can help the group by identifying key words and terms, and where necessary providing translations of the article abstract.
Consumer involvement - Cochrane is very keen to ensure that its reviews are accessible to as wide an audience as possible, including non-medically trained individuals. This has led to the formation of the Consumer Network. Consumers are also involved in the editorial process, reading reviews prior to their acceptance for publication on the Cochrane Library.
If you would like to assist the group in any way, please contact us and we will be in touch.