Previously I blogged about the addictive nature of EMBASE Screening. This is now rebranded as Cochrane Crowd, but the overall approach is unchanged – the user assesses abtracts to see if they are RCTs/CCTs or not. It it surprisingly addictive.
Anyhow, there are two new Cochrane tasks – screening for RCTs for two specific reviews Home visiting for socially disadvantaged mothers, and Interventions for improving medical students’ interpersonal communication in medical consultation.
If any readers are interested in these areas, the Cochrane Crowd process exposes one to a wide range of (at times rather tenuously related) studies and papers on the topic… I tend to get sidetracked easily.
Anyhow, here is the email:
We need your help!
When you next log into Cochrane Crowd you will be able to see two new ‘tasks’ in your dashboard area. One is for an update of a review entitled: Home visiting for socially disadvantaged mothers, and the other is for a new review, called: Interventions for improving medical students’ interpersonal communication in medical consultations.
The searches for each of these reviews has identified between 3000-5000 records. The core author team for each review has come toCochrane Crowd asking if this community can help. I think we can.
Before you dive in, here are some questions you might have:
What do I need to do that is different from the usual RCT screening task?
Absolutely nothing. The task is exactly the same making you very well qualified to help! We want all the randomized or quasi-randomized trials to be identified even if the trial has nothing to do with the topic of the review.
What’s in it for me?
For those who screen 250 or more records, your contribution will be acknowledged in the review for which you contributed. In addition, on one of the reviews, the home visiting review, the review team will reward authorship to the top screener. This will be based not just on the amount you screen but the accuracy of your screening.
How long will these tasks be posted for?
We’ve set the deadline for 31st March. It would be fantastic to have both sets of records screened by that date.
Who can I contact if I have any questions or queries?
You can either contact me, Anna, (email@example.com) or my brilliant colleague, Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll try and get back to you as quickly as possible.
Do I need to let anyone know if I plan to contribute or not?
No, you don’t need to let us know either way. If you want to contribute to either or both reviews, just log into Crowd and get cracking! We’ll know who has taken part. Likewise, if this just isn’t for you or you don’t think you’ll have the time, that’s absolutely fine; you don’t need to let us know.
When can I start?
Right now! Go and make a nice cup of tea and hop over to Cochrane Crowd (http://crowd.cochrane.org). Log in as usual and you should see the two new tasks. I think I’ll head there now myself.
If you’re a twitterer, we’ll be using #RevScreen for these two exciting pilots!
With best wishes to all and happy citation screening,
Anna and Emily