Hello and welcome to the Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Review Group (PaPaS)
We are part of the Cochrane Collaboration which is an international not-for-profit and independent organization. The Cochrane Collaboration is dedicated to providing up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare that is readily available worldwide. A major product of the Collaboration is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, an electronic evidence-based medicine library which consists of systematic reviews and is published on a monthly basis as part of The Cochrane Library.
Newcomers to the work of the Collaboration may benefit from visiting the newcomers' guide on the following link: www.cochrane.org/docs/newcomersguide.htm. Every year all review groups meet at our annual Cochrane Colloquium; this is a good opportunity to come along and meet the editorial team, take part in workshops and to address any training needs that you may have. To find out more, visit the Colloquium page: http://colloquium.cochrane.org/.
PaPaS is one of 53 review groups specialising in different areas of health based in different countries around the world. Review groups are composed of people who share an interest in developing and maintaining systematic reviews relevant to a particular healthcare topic area. Review groups are co-ordinated by the editorial team who assist authors in the process of producing protocols, reviews and review updates, from the title registration stage through to publication in The Cochrane Library.
The PaPaS review group was formed in 1998 to support the production of Cochrane Systematic reviews in Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care on behalf of The Cochrane Collaboration. The PaPaS group is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) in the United Kingdom as part of the Research and Development programme. You can read our Scope here.
In order for PaPaS to produce high quality systematic reviews, we need the help of review authors, peer referees, consumer referees, handsearchers, translators, as well as Editors, a Managing Editor, a Trials Search Co-ordinator, a Co-ordinating Editor and Statisticians. We also rely on members of our editorial board which consists of a broad range of clinicians and health researchers.
Our aim at PaPaS is to encourage and assist authors to write systematic reviews in a topic area relevant to our group for publication in The Cochrane Library.
We look forward to supporting your involvement with the Cochrane PaPaS review group should you wish to join us.
Chris Eccleston & the Editorial Team
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