Dissemination of systematic reviews in a hospital setting: A comparative survey for spreading use of the Cochrane Library

Yi Hao Weng, Chih Cheng Hsu, Ya Hui Shih, Heng Lien Lo, Ya Wen Chiu, Ken N. Kuo

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Introduction The Cochrane Library is the most important online evidence retrieval database of systematic reviews. Since 2007, the National Health Research Institutes has offered Taiwan's regional hospitals free access to the Cochrane Library. This study investigated how these hospitals disseminate its utilisation. Methods The usage rate of Cochrane reviews was measured in the participating hospitals from January 2008 to December 2009. Thereafter, a questionnaire survey was conducted for each regional hospital disseminator at the beginning of 2010 to analyse their methods of disseminating Cochrane reviews. Results The hospitals were stratified into three groups according to the relative rate of access: high (n=15), medium (n=16) and low (n=13). In comparison with the low-usage hospitals, the high-usage hospitals tended to assign a disseminator of evidence-based medicine to take charge of the dissemination of Cochrane reviews (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-514
Number of pages4
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Issue number1043
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012


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