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Issue 03 | May 2016
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Recent Activities

Cochrane Insurance Medicine’s first anniversary – Check out our annual report 2015

We had an exciting first year! It was filled up with activities around building the field: Developing physical and virtual structures, setting up a website, establishing processes for long‐distance collaboration, dividing tasks. Check out our Annual Report 2015 to see for yourself.

Cochrane and the GRADE Working Group sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Cochrane and the GRADE Working Group (GRADE) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their existing partnership. This memorandum will help both parties to meet strategic plans and includes joint activities like training for the members of both organisations and developing joint advocacy effort to raise the profile of evidence-informed decision-making. Read more

The EMBASE project – now open for volunteers!

The new EMBASE project’s purpose is to identify reports of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs from EMBASE for publication in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL). No prior experience is necessary due to the ‘learn as you do’ approach, meaning you can increase your own skills while supporting Cochrane! The task, which is offered as a web-based screening-tool, has been designed to fit around people’s busy lives – if you would like to know more, click here.
Upcoming Events

Information needs in insurance medicine. Participate in our survey

Finding reliable information for your work in insurance medicine (risk assessment, disability evaluation, sick leave certification, promotion of return to work) can be challenging. Cochrane Insurance Medicine sets out to make finding evidence easier for you.
To this end, we developed a short survey about your information needs. The (preliminary) results will be presented at the EUMASS conference in Ljubljana. You can participate here!

EUMASS conference on rehabilitation, social and insurance medicine in Ljubljana 9-11June

From 9-11 June EUMASS/UEMASS will hold the 21st EUMASS congress and the 4th International Congress of Medical Assessors as joint conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
As one of the biggest events of its kind in 2016 it is relevant for professionals interested in evidence in insurance medicine: Reporting about primary research and systematic reviews about e.g. sick leave certification, return to work. The challenges of translating scientific evidence into recommendations for practice and adaptation of practice are overarching topics.

Dutch International Congress on Insurance Medicine (DICIM) – call for abstracts

From 3-4 November 2016 the Dutch Society for Insurance Medicine (NVVG) and the Dutch Association of Medical Officers in Private Insurances (GAV) will organize the 8th DICIM congress in Almere, with an international day in English on the 3rd, and a national day on the 4th of November. The congress aims at medical officers, insurance and occupation health physicians and others interested in this field. You can contribute by plenary presentations, parallel sessions, poster and short presentations. Find more information here.

Cochrane Training offers ‘Learning Live’ – gaining knowledge and skills for Cochrane activities

Cochrane offers a new series of free monthly webinars – Cochrane Learning Live. The webinars aim at anyone interested in learning skills or gaining knowledge and experience relating to Cochrane activities. The next webinar on 9 June is on “Common errors and best practice when writing a review protocol” and will be given by Dr Nuala Livingston, Editor at Cochrane Editorial Unit. Click here to learn more

Publications and Presentations

New studies on Evidence on the Web

How much evidence exists in the area of insurance medicine? More than most dare to think. On our website ‘Evidence on the Web’ we are continuously gathering evidence, and have added four systematic reviews - three on return to work and one on sick leave - and three methodological papers. We always collect additional evidence, if you have articles you would like to suggest contact Rebecca Weida-Cuignet.

Systematic reviews Methodological papers

Still unproven: Health effects of sit-stand desks and interventions aimed to reduce sitting at work

An updated review, recently published in the Cochrane Library, found that the benefits of a variety of interventions intended to reduce sitting at work are very uncertain. Co-author Jos Verbeek, from Cochrane Work, said that sedentary workers need to take an interest in maintaining and improving their well-being. Currently, however, there is not enough high-quality evidence available to determine whether standing at work can repair the harms of a sedentary lifestyle. Read more...

Bert's Comic

Communicating evidence to your patients/clients...

Bert Cornelius (Insurance Physician at University Medical Centre Groningen, NL) contributed this comic.
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