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New vacancy: Assistant Managing Editor

We are currently advertising for the position of Assistant Managing Editor. This is an interesting and challenging opportunity to contribute to the publication of Cochrane systematic reviews in the field of pain, and palliative and supportive care.

The candidate will contribute to the editorial processes for systematic review preparation and publication. This involves providing specialised editorial support to review authors, managing the process of peer review, maintaining communication between the CRG’s editorial team members, and representing the CRG to all relevant individuals and agencies.

For more information, including the Job Description and How to apply, please visit the NHS jobs site. **Vacancy now closed**


Cochrane Strategy to 2020

The Strategy to 2020 is Cochrane’s response to a changing landscape in global health care. It defines the organisation’s direction for the next six years and provides the framework for strategic decision-making. Follow this link to download the Strategy to 2020 PDF from the Cochrane community site, watch the official Strategy to 2020 introductory video, and access a print-ready version of the Strategy document if you are planning a professional print run. 

Cochrane Register of Studies Online

The CRS Online (CRSO), Cochrane’s interface to Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) records, has now been launched.  It is available to all Cochrane members with an Archie account. There are several important differences between the CRSO and the version of CENTRAL available in The Cochrane Library.  

CRS Online:

  • Allows searching of CENTRAL records 5-6 weeks before they are available in The Cochrane Library;
  • Provides access to all the words indexed in all records which allows users to see misspellings of words, word variations and errors;
  • Detects words that are drug names and builds search strings from alternative drug names (using DrugBank™);
  • Shows an audit trail, including the date a record was created and modified (if available);
  • Provides a way for users to report errors in CENTRAL records;
  • Links CENTRAL records to the reviews in which they are included or excluded (to be implemented once a CENTRAL/CDSR link checking project is completed).

For more information, a recording of the recent CRSO webinar is available under the Webinarstab of the CRS Portal: CRSO webinar.

Pre-publication quality assurance screening

The Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU) now carries out pre-publication quality assurance screening for all new Cochrane reviews. This does not currently apply to protocols or updates. Reviews are flagged for quality screening at the point that the review is signed off by the Co-ordinating Editor. Depending on the results of screening report, further editing may be required before proceeding to copy edit and publication.You can read more about the screening programme here, and read the recent progress report from CEU here

For more information about how this may affect you, please see our Resource Hub or contact us. A screening flowchart of the process is available here.

New podcast for review on jellyfish stings

Richard McGee from the School of Public Health in the University of Sydney in Australia reports the findings of his new Cochrane review, 'Interventions for the symptoms and signs resulting from jellyfish stings', Issue 12, 2013. You can listen to the podcast here, and see the full review on The Cochrane Library here.

PaPaS Year End Newsletter 2013

We extend our thanks to all contributors for their efforts throughout a successful 2013. The newsletter summarises our achievements to date and contains some important information for Cochrane authors and editors. Some achievements include developing exciting new partnerships, improving our editorial process by embracing the capabilities of Archie, and publishing a total of 25 new reviews. Download the newsletter here.

Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Partnership (PeolcPSP)

A new project has been developed to increase awareness of the importance of research in palliative and end of life care, and to encourage investment from research funders. This project is supported and guided by the James Linde Alliance. The team are seeking input from patients, carers and clinicians to identify the questions that research still needs to answer.

You can find out more about how to get involved on their website, by emailing, calling  +44 (0) 20 7091 4153or following their progress on Twitter @PeolcPSP.

The survey has now been launched. Find out more about how you can 'Have Your Say' about research in this important area here. You can go straight to the online survey by following this link and completing it electronically. Alternatively, you can print out a hard copy and post it to the freepost address listed on the survey, or return it by email.  Large print versions are also available upon request and if preferred people can complete the survey over the phone.


Evidently Cochrane: 'Migraine, art and medicine'

Sarah Chapman, Information Specialist at the UK Cochrane Centre, has produced another fantastic blog about some of our reviews. Follow this link to read all about six of our recent new Cochrane reviews of  interventions for headache and migraine, as well as some stunning and powerful artworks. You can read more blogs on the Evidently Cochrane website here, and follow @UKCochraneCentr on Twitter for the latest news.

'Struggling to be me': what it's like living with chronic pain

See this short film based on the experiences of more than 1000 adults living with chronic musculoskeletal pain, from 77 qualitative studies funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme. For more information about the NIHR HS&DR, please see their website.

21st Cochrane Colloquium

The PaPaS team will be attending the Cochrane Collaboration’s 21st annual Colloquium in Quebec city, 17th – 23rd September. We would be delighted to see you there, and will be at the Meet the Entities poster session on Friday 20th September, poster stand number 57.

Please note that if your review is currently in the editorial process, there will be some delay as a result of the editorial staff being out of the office with limited access to emails between 16th – 29th September. We would like to reassure you that we have made concerted efforts to attend to all reviews in advance of the Colloquium, and normal service will resume from Monday 30th September.

**See our pictures from Quebec on the new Gallery page here** 

New and improved: Resource Hub for authors

You may have noticed that we have now updated much of our website. We hope that you find it easy to navigate and to locate the information you require. The biggest change is the introduction of a 'Resource Hub', which contains lots of useful supporting information for authors, referees, and other contributors to PaPaS.

Mid-Year Newsletter

We are delighted to publish the PaPaS 2013 Mid-Year Newsletter, available to download here. Read about our publications, social media presence, Archie ticketing and more.

Follow us on Twitter

We are now actively embracing the world of social media, in particular Twitter. We have introduced a new hashtag, #painevidence, so do follow @CochranePaPaS and look out for tweets on new reviews, interesting articles, and more.

Our contribution to the Cochrane Wall Hanging

In 2013, The Cochrane Collaboration celebrates 20 years since its inception in 1993. As part of the celebrations, we were invited to contribute a patchwork piece for a wall hanging, to be revealed at the Colloquium in September. We created our masterpiece with felt and cotton materials, lots of stitching, and plenty of laughs.

You can read more about the 20th Anniversary here for memorabilia, photographs, promotional materials, and videos, and more.


PaPaS Patchwork

Growing pain: striving for quality, relevance and applicability in Cochrane Reviews

The editorial, 'Growing pain: striving for quality, relevance and applicability in Cochrane Reviews', by Christopher Eccleston, Phil Wiffen, Sheena Derry and Andrew Moore, has been published in The Cochrane Library. You can see the full editorial here.

CRG Summary Presentation

In February 2013, Anna Hobson presented a summary of the status of PaPaS to the Editors. The summary includes details from the 2011 Annual Report, total reviews and topic areas, and What's New in the Collaboration and PaPaS. You can view an abridged version of the presentation here.

Expect analgesic failure; pursue analgesic success

One of our Editors, Professor Andrew Moore, has now published, 'Expect analgesic failure; pursue analgesic success' (BMJ 2013;346:f2690) in the British Medical Journal. You can see the full article here.

'Most analgesic drugs work well but in only a small percentage of people. Andrew Moore and colleagues argue that we need to move away from a focus on average response and seek out what works for each patient.'

Cochrane Collaboration's 20th Anniversary
The Anniversary Public Relations Working Group has developed some key messages to provide support and context for materials you might be posting or publishing to help promote the Collaboration and our 20th Anniversary.
Please visit the Anniversary website for more information on our celebrations, including a series of short videos based around nearly a hundred interviews with Cochrane contributors from all over the world.

Quebec Colloquium 2013: Stipends application now open

The Consumer and Developing Country Stipends Committees
are pleased to announce that stipends application is now open for the 21st Cochrane Colloquium, 19-23 Sep 2013, Québec City, Canada. A limited number of stipends to cover travel, accommodation and registration to attend the Colloquium are available for contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration who are consumers or residents of developing countries. Detailed information on criteria and how to apply can be found on

Deadline for submitting applications is Thursday 16 May 2013.

For any queries please contact Juliane Ried at or

Evidently Cochrane: a blog

Our colleagues at the UK Cochrane Centre have created a blog, sharing and summarising the latest Cochrane reviews.
The new MECIR standards for conducting Cochrane reviews are now available. These standards should be used by authors to ensure that their protocols are of high quality before submitting them for editorial review by the group. Further information can be found on the Cochrane Editorial Unit website, and the MECIR document can be downloaded here.

For information about how this affects PaPaS authors and contributors directly, please contact Anna Hobson, Managing Editor, at
'Faculty of 1000 Recommended'
PaPaS reviews are regularly recommended as being of special significance by the F1000 Faculty. F1000 Prime is an up-to-date directory of top biology and medicine articles, assessed and recommended by clinical experts. The written recommendations can be found here:
Derry S, Moore RA, Rabbie R. Topical NSAIDs for chronic musculoskeletal pain in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD007400. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007400.pub2. Faculty of 1000 Recommended
Derry S, Moore RA. Topical capsaicin (low concentration) for chronic neuropathic pain in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD010111. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010111. Faculty of 1000 Recommended

Moore RA, Derry S, Aldington D, Cole P, Wiffen PJ. Amitriptyline for neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD008242. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008242.pub2. Faculty of 1000 Recommended

The following paper has also been recommended here:

Moore, R. A., Straube, S. and Aldington, D. (2013), Pain measures and cut-offs – ‘no worse than mild pain’ as a simple, universal outcome. Anaesthesia. doi: 10.1111/anae.12148. Faculty of 1000 Recommended

Trials Search Co-ordinator
We are pleased to welcome Joanne Abbott who is the new Trials Search Co-ordinator for PaPaS. You can contact Joanne at with regards to developing and updating search strategies for PaPaS reviews.

PaPaS in the news

Our palliative editor, Professor Mike Bennett, has recently been talking about opioids and their use in palliative care. Take a look at the following links:

BBC News

NICE releases new pain relief guidelinesMorphine and pain control


Patients left in great pain because doctors are unsure about using strong drugs, NICE warns

London Evening Standard

New advice on opium-based drugs

Yorkshire Evening Post

Opioids 'key in palliative care'

Other news

Your Health Net website launched

The Cochrane Consumers and Communication review group have been involved with a project to launch a website to help people be more actively engaged in healthcare decisions they make. Take a look: We've added a link to this website to our consumers, authors and referee information that we routinely send out.

Summary of Findings document

Please take a look at our 'Summary of Findings document', available under 'PaPaS documents'. This document was drawn up by our Editors to help authors write a Summary of Findings table and can be used alongside Chapter 11 of the Cochrane Handbook.

Single dose oral analgesics for acute postoperative pain in adults, an overview review

In September 2011, PaPaS sees the publication of its first overview of reviews. This overview brings together the results from 35 separate Cochrane reviews of single dose analgesics in acute postoperative pain, with 38 different drug or drug combinations, at various doses, tested in about 45,000 patients in 350 clinical trials.The primary outcome was number needed to treat for at least 50% of maximum pain relief over four to six hours, with secondary outcomes including the proportion of individuals achieving this level of response, and time to use of rescue medication. Comparisons were made with placebo, and results presented in rank order of efficacy, with further consideration given to the quantity of evidence and how confidant we can be in the results.This analgesic league table should help commissioners, prescribers and patients to make treatment decisions based on robust efficacy data together with local availability, and tailored to the individual patient according to need (e.g. long duration of action) and tolerability.

Please go to The Cochrane Library homepage to read the full review:

The Cochrane Library Impact Factor for 2011

The 2011 Impact Factor has now been released and is 5.912 for The Cochrane Collaboration as a whole, and for the PaPaS review group itself it is 5.787 which makes us the highest impact pain journal in circulation!

Please visit the Cochrane Editorial Unit site for information on the Collaboration's 2011 impact factor.

PaPaS Author and Peer Referee Guidance

Please have a look at our new guidance to support our authors and referees in writing and assessing reviews. This document has undergone significant consultation and we expect authors to justify any diversions from the guidance. This document can be found on the following link or by going to the 'PaPaS documents' section of our website. PaPaS author and referee guidance.
Have a read and let us know what you think.

Laxatives or methylnaltrexone for the management of constipation in palliative care patients

Take a look at one of our first Cochrane Journal Clubs:

The Cochrane Collaboration Annual report: how much The Cochrane Colloboration has done over the last couple of years

Take a look at The Cochrane Collaboration annual report:

Monthly publications

Review groups are now publishing protocols and reviews in The Cochrane Library on a monthly basis. Deadlines for submitting drafts or completed reviews can be found in the 'Resources for review authors' section.

We are always on the look out for peer referees, consumers, handsearchers, translators and those interested in offering statistical and methodological support, if you’d be interested in this, do get in contact with Anna Hobson.

Please see our 'module text' on The Cochrane Library to see a list of our current published protocols, reviews and review updates as well as titles in progress and due for publication soon: