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The 25th Cochrane Colloquium was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre

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Lay of the Last Minstrel, Canto VI, [My Native Land], Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

ESMI takeover at Edinburgh Cochrane Colloquium

The 25th Cochrane Colloquium was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland in September. The theme of the Colloquium was ‘Cochrane for all – better evidence for better health decisions’, the emphasis being that Cochrane welcomes everyone and recognizes that everything Cochrane does is about and for patients and other health consumers.  Indeed, the 2018 Colloquium was co-designed, co-produced and co-presented with healthcare consumers.

Research from across the Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) and HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre was showcased in abstract form, and through short and long oral presentations. Altogether, the research involving ten members of ESMI, and including ongoing and recently finished projects such as PARENT, My NATURE, RAP, Mental Health Act and Length of Stay was presented across 3 posters and 9 oral presentations.

Much of the research showcased the value of involving PPI (People and Public Involvement) in review work, from designing search strategies or plain language protocols through to shaping, understanding and/or disseminating review findings, including an inspiring presentation from Dr Erin Walker and Katrina Brooks talking about their involvement with the NIHR funded project ‘Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions’.

Katrina and Erin also recorded a podcast of their experiences of taking part in the project for the Mental Elf. Other presentations centred on new ideas around frameworks for search strategies and documentation of search strategies and search results, as well as novel approaches for synthesising and analysing mixed methods systematic reviews. Abstracts of all presentations are available on the Programme page of the Colloquium website,

If you want to hear more about how the EST members summed up their conference experience, you can read all about it on the EvidSynthTeam blog.