Cochrane Consumer Blog
A new national survey about depression has just launched. Depression affects 1 in 10 adults in any year, and can have debilitating consequences. We know that research can improve lives - improve diagnosis, treatments, care and prevention. But who decides what to research? What would make the most difference to people’s lives?
Nancy Fitton is the coordinator of CUE – Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare, which is hosted by the United States Cochrane Center. Her interest in health issues was initially sparked by her Peace Corps service as a village health promoter in Honduras. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aneesh Thomas George, Research Scientist at the South Asian Cochrane Centre, discovered how to relate with a consumer's perspective through one of the most eventful incidents in his life...entry into parenthood.
Alan Cassels is the author of the recently published Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease, and is currently writing a social history of The Cochrane Collaboration. Here he presents the essential differences – with illustrative examples – between ‘eminence-based medicine’ and ‘evidence-based medicine’.
Katie LeBlanc is a Consumer Advocate, Peer Reviewer and Review Author for the Cochrane Inflamatory Bowel Disease and Functional Bowel Disorders Review Group from Canada. She recently attended the 20th Cochrane Colloquium in Auckland, New Zealand.
Anne Lyddiatt has been active in Cochrane for about 12 years now, and is currently the consumer representative for the Musculoskeletal (Msk) group.
Tracey Lloyd is an Australian member of the Consumer Network and a consumer reviewer with the Cochrane Anaesthesia Review Group. She is a member of Health Consumers Queensland, the President of S.C.O.P.E. Inc. and a freelance writer and management consultant for community groups and can be contacted at email@example.com or @miceconsultants on Twitter.
Joy Oliver has been involved with The Cochrane Collaboration since 2000 as the administrator for the South African Cochrane Centre (SACC) and Trials Search Co-ordinator for the Cochrane HIV/AIDS Review Group. In addition, she manages the HIV/AIDS editorial satellite office based at the SACC and the HIV/AIDS Mentoring Programme for novice HIV/AIDS Cochrane authors. Joy also served on the Cochrane Collaboration's Monitoring and Registration Committee and was recently invited to serve on the Consumer Geographic Advisory Group.