Ep 178: How Cochrane Collaborates to Promote Evidence-Based Decision Making

The healthcare industry has always depended on collaboration to advance medicine and improve care for patients. Much of that collaboration comes in the form of sharing findings from studies and research, which is what the Cochrane Network tries to compile into thorough and systemic reviews. By working with clinicians, policymakers, providers, and even CRNAs like Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, Cochrane promotes evidence-based decision making across healthcare, and today we’ll learn more about the US Network and the role it plays for CRNAs.

Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

More and more people are becoming familiar with the name Cochrane because of the work they’re doing internationally to improve healthcare through systemic and evidence reviews.

The Cochrane US Network collaborates with professionals all across the industry, including CRNAs, and has become a highly-recognized organization for the information they provide about the effectiveness of healthcare. To give us more insight into the work Cochrane is doing, J. Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN joins the show today.

We wanted to learn more about how Cochrane determines what reviews to generate, the goals for the organization, and what they’ve found about the effectiveness of CRNAs.

As you get started on the episode, keep an ear out for these topics:

  • Background on what Cochrane is and how it’s evolved in the US.
  • Who all is involved in the Cochrane US Network?
  • Where does the financial support come from and is there a conflict of interest?
  • How the reviews are distributed among the international network.
  • Why he decided to get involved with Cochrane.
  • The findings of the reviews between physician anesthesiologists and CRNAs
  • Why aren’t CRNAs allowed to do their job to the level of their education and training level when research even backs it up?
  • How does a topic review get generated?
  • Why it is important to have CRNA influence on the Cochrane network.

Check it out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

[3:28] – Introducing our guests

[4:30] – Introducing our topic

[8:05] – Who is involved

[10:16] – Financial support

[12:19] – Building credibility

[13:42] – Reviews in US and UK 

[15:37 ]– Why he got involved 

[18:56] – Reviewing anesthesiologist efficiency

[21:33] – Cochrane’s new strategy  

[23:16] – Why isn’t this research being applied to CRNAs?

[25:40] – Generating a topic review

[29:52] – How Cochrane worked for Sharon recently 

[34:42] – Why they need CRNA influence

[36:23] – Micro-volunteerism 

[38:13] – Final thoughts

“You can pretty much bank on the fact that if there’s a Cochrane publication surrounding the answer to the question you’re asking that you are going to get the most rigorous information, and you can use that to help make the best decision for the care you’re planning.”

-J. Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN





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