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Table of Contents

THE DUTCH COCHRANE CENTRE - ANNUAL REPORT 2008

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...........................................................................................2

INTRODUCTION.....................................................................................................3

THE DUTCH COCHRANE CENTRE.............................................................................5

OBJECTIVES............................................................................................................ 5

STAFF MEMBERS ...................................................................................................... 5

ADVISORY BOARD..................................................................................................... 6

FUNDING SUPPORT.................................................................................................... 6

DUTCH COCHRANE NETWORK CONTACT DETAILS ..................................................7

DUTCH COCHRANE CENTRE .......................................................................................... 7

BELGIAN BRANCH OF THE DUTCH COCHRANE CENTRE ........................................................... 7

CHILDHOOD CANCER GROUP ........................................................................................ 7

FERTILITY REGULATION GROUP...................................................................................... 7

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FIELD ....................................................................................... 8

REHABILITATION AND RELATED THERAPIES FIELD ................................................................ 8

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN RELATION TO THE OBJECTIVES FOR 2008.........................9

OBJECTIVE 1........................................................................................................... 9

OBJECTIVE 2......................................................................................................... 10

PRESENTATIONS .................................................................................................13

WORKSHOPS AND COURSES ................................................................................15

COCHRANE REVIEWS WITH A DUTCH SPEAKING FIRST AUTHOR .........................17

PUBLICATIONS RELEVANT TO THE COCHRANE COLLABORATION AND EVIDENCE-

BASED MEDICINE ................................................................................................27

INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS.................................................................................... 27

COCHRANE PROTOCOLS AND REVIEWS ............................................................................ 28

NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS .......................................................................................... 28

REPORTS ............................................................................................................. 29

CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS ........................................................................................ 29

THESIS ............................................................................................................... 29

PARTICIPATION IN COCHRANE ENTITIES............................................................31

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Acknowledgements

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Many Dutch and Belgian volunteers actively participate in the activities of The Cochrane

Collaboration and the Dutch Cochrane Centre. The staff of the Dutch Cochrane Centre

wishes to express their thanks to all of the many people and institutions, both in the

Netherlands and abroad, from whom they have received guidance and support in 2008.

Special gratitude is expressed to

- All members of the Advisory Board for their useful advice and continuous support.

- Dr. Edvard Beem, ZonMw, The Hague, for his ongoing support to the Netherlands Trial

register.

- Mr. René Mulder, Oranje-Nassau Groep b.v., for his invaluable support in the

background.

We are greatly indebted to the following persons of the Academic Medical Center,

Amsterdam, for mental and material support:

- Professor Louise Gunning-Schepers and the other members of the Board of Directors.

- Professor Bert Schadé and colleagues, division Clinical Methods & Public Health.

- Professor Koos Zwinderman and other staff members of the Department of Clinical

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

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Introduction

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The Dutch Cochrane Centre

Since October 1994 the Dutch Cochrane Centre is The Cochrane Collaboration’s reference

centre for The Netherlands, Belgium (handled by the Belgian Branch in Leuven), Surinam

and the Netherlands' Antilles. The basic ideas of The Cochrane Collaboration of identifying

all randomised trials, building specialised registers of these trials and producing and

updating high-quality systematic reviews of the effects of all areas of health care, form the

basis for its activities. The Dutch Cochrane Centre collaborates with others to facilitate the

preparation, maintenance and dissemination of systematic reviews about health care

interventions.

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation that aims to help people make

well-informed decisions about health care by preparing, maintaining and promoting the

accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions and the validity

of diagnostic tests. Systematic reviews are reviews regarding a well formulated clinical

question that use systematic and explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise

relevant research, and to collect and analyse data from the studies that are included in the

review. Cochrane reviews provide up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased summaries of

the best available evidence of the benefits and harms of all types of health care

interventions, including preventive, therapeutic, rehabilitative, educational and

organisational interventions. These reviews are published electronically in the Cochrane

Library. The Cochrane Collaboration’s basic idea of preparing and updating high-quality

systematic reviews of the effects of health care has been readily accepted throughout the

world since its start in 1993. More information about The Cochrane Collaboration can be

found on www.cochrane.org.

Main issues and activities in 2008

In this report we present the activities of The Dutch Cochrane Centre in the year 2008. The

main issues were the following.

- We were delighted to be awarded an European tender (Europese aanbesteding) of the

Dutch Health Care Insurance Board (College voor Zorgverzekeringen). In the next two

years, the Dutch Cochrane Centre will prepare appr. 3-4 systematic reviews per year for

the Board.

- In September, we started our Systematic Review Unit (SRU). The Dutch Cochrane Centre

is now better able to prepare systematic reviews regarding healthcare interventions and

the accuracy of diagnostic tests upon request from external organisations.

- On July 1 st , Mariska Leeflang successfully defended her PhD thesis.

- We celebrated the publication of the first Cochrane Diagnostic test accuracy review by

Mariska Leeflang and coauthors. Mariska received a box of bonbons from Wiley &

Blackwell, the publisher of The Cochrane Library.

- Mariska Leeflang became co-convenor of the Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Tests

Methods Group.

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- The Netherlands Trial Register (NTR) was recognised as primary register by the WHO.

NTR now encompasses over 1500 trials.

- Lotty Hooft was appointed as Chair of the WHO Working Group on Best Practice for

Clinical Trials Registers.

- The UK and Continental Europe Support Units organised the first (two-day) workshop

Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy” for authors of Cochrane

Review Groups.

- We organised the 8 th Annual Dutch Cochrane Contributors Meeting. Sheena Derry (of the

Adverse Effects Methods Group) and Jan Vandenbroucke challenged the audience about

how to include this important outcome in their review.

- Eighteen new protocols for a systematic review and 12 new systematic reviews with a

Dutch speaking first author were published in the Cochrane Library. The number of active

reviews and protocols with a Dutch speaking first author in The Cochrane Library is now

247.

- Staff members of The Dutch Cochrane Centre contributed to the Cochrane Handbook for

Systematic Reviews of Interventions (launched in October) and to the Handbook for

Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews. In addition, we wrote a tutorial for diagnostic test

accuracy reviews for RevMan 5.

- The third edition of the Dutch Evidence-based medicine Handbook was launched. We

updated the chapters and made major amendments of the chapters pertaining to

diagnostic tests.

- Staff members of the DCC gave many presentations regarding The Cochrane

Collaboration and its relation with evidence-based medicine. We organised four

workshops "Developing a systematic review", one general evidence-based medicine

course for health care practitioners and many other evidence-based medicine courses.

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OBJECTIVES

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Objective 1

To stimulate and support evidence-based medicine activities in the Netherlands to help

professionals and consumers to make well-informed decisions about health care.

Activities

1.1 To support the use of evidence-based medicine in Dutch health care.

1.2 To train medical professionals in evidence-based medicine.

Objective 2

To contribute to The Cochrane Collaboration to support evidence-based medicine.

Activities

2.1 To support and to stimulate the preparation of high quality Cochrane systematic

reviews about health care interventions.

2.2 To contribute to The Cochrane Collaboration and to maintain an adequate

infrastructure for The Dutch Cochrane Centre.

2.3 To identify scientific publications (evidence) about the efficacy of healthcare

interventions.

STAFF MEMBERS

In July, we welcomed René Spijker. René is an information specialist and he joint the DCC

for 0.2 FTE. He also works for the Medical Library of the AMC.

In September, we welcomed Miranda Langendam. Miranda is an epidemiologist. She is

employed for 4 days per week (0.8 FTE) as a senior scientific staff member, leading the

newly established Systematic Review Unit of the DCC.

In December 2008, Phyllis Spuls left the Centre to join the department of Dermatology of

the AMC. We are lucky, however, to still be able to work with her on joint projects.

Lotty Hooft is employed for 0.5 FTE with the Netherlands Trial Register, a project funded by

ZonMw (the Dutch MRC).

Lotty Hooft, Mariska Leeflang, Hans Reitsma and Rob Scholten also work for the Continental

Europe Support Unit (CESU) funded by The Cochrane Collaboration. The aim of CESU is to

help Cochrane Review Groups based on the European continent with the implementation of

Cochrane Diagnostic test accuracy reviews.

The current staff consists of 0.7 FTE administrative staff and (on average) 3.9 FTE scientific

staff (partially employed on external resources).

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Overview of staff members of The Dutch Cochrane Centre (2008)

Name Appointment FTE Unit(s)

Lotty Hooft Scientific staff member 1.0 DCC, NTR,

CESU, SR Unit

Miranda Langendam Scientific staff member (from 1 September) 0.8 SR Unit

Mariska Leeflang Scientific staff member 0.4 CESU

Jacqueline Limpens Information specialist 0.2 DCC, SR Unit

Hans Reitsma Scientific staff member 0.1 CESU

Rob Scholten Director 1.0 DCC, CESU,

SR Unit

René Spijker Information specialist (from 1 July) 0.2 DCC, SR Unit

Hanni Spitteler Administrator 0.7 DCC

Phyllis Spuls Scientific staff member (until 31 December) 0.2 DCC

* The Netherlands Trial Register (NTR), Continental Europe Support Unit (CESU) and the

SR Unit are externally funded projects.

ADVISORY BOARD

The Advisory Board of the Dutch Cochrane Centre provides overall guidance in all matters

related to the work of the Centre to accomplish, as efficiently as possible, the goals of The

Cochrane Collaboration. The Advisory Board met once in 2008. The current members of the

Advisory Board are:

Name Affiliation

A.J.P.M. Overbeke Centre for Evidence Based Practice, Nijmegen University,

Nijmegen (Chair)

H.J.B.M. Abeln Twynstra Gudde Management Consultants, Amersfoort

R.A. de Bie Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht University, Maastricht

P.M.M. Bossuyt Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and

Bioinformatics, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam

F. Buntinx Department of General Practice Leuven/Maastricht

F.M. Helmerhorst Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Leiden University

Medical Center, Leiden

M. van Leeuwen Former secretary of the Netherlands Health Council, Naarden

S. Middeldorp Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Leiden University Medical

Center, Leiden

M. Offringa Paediatric Clinical Epidemiology, Emma Children’s Hospital /

Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam

I. Thomassen-Hilgersom Dutch Society of Patients with Posttraumatic Dystrophia,

Nijmegen

H.C.W. de Vet EMGO Institute, VU medical center, Amsterdam

A. Wijbenga Netherlands Health Council, The Hague

FUNDING SUPPORT

The Dutch Cochrane Centre has been granted structural funding from the Dutch Ministry of

Health, while the Academic Medical Center offered to host the Centre.

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Dutch Cochrane Network Contact Details

DUTCH COCHRANE CENTRE

Mrs J.A.M. Spitteler

Dutch Cochrane Centre

Academic Medical Center, J1B - 108

PO Box 22700

1100 DE AMSTERDAM

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 5665602

Fax: +31 20 6912683

E-mail: cochrane@amc.uva.nl

Website: www.cochrane.nl

BELGIAN BRANCH OF THE DUTCH COCHRANE CENTRE

Mrs. E. Vanachter, administrator

CEBAM

Kapucijnenvoer 33 - blok J bus 7001

3000 LEUVEN

Belgium

Phone: +32 16 332697

Fax: +32 16 337480

E-mail: ester.vanachter@med.kuleuven.be

Website: www.cebam.be

CHILDHOOD CANCER GROUP

L.C.M. Kremer, co-ordinating editor

Mrs. J.K. Noorman, assistant RGC

Emma Children's Hospital / Academic Medical Center, F8-166

PO Box 22700

1100 DE AMSTERDAM

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 5667132

Fax: +31 20 6917735

E-mail: chcrg@amc.uva.nl

Website : www.ccg.cochrane.org

FERTILITY REGULATION GROUP

Mrs A. Helmerhorst

Leiden University Medical Center

Department of Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine

Postal Zone: P-K6

PO Box 9600

2300 RC LEIDEN

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 71 3013182

Fax: +31 71 3012822

E-mail: ahelmerhorst@lumc.nl

Website: www.lumc.nl/1060/cochrane

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PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FIELD

J. van Binsbergen and F. van de Laar, co-convenors

(with colleagues from New Zealand and Ireland)

T. Jeijsman, secretary

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Dpt. of Primary and Community Care

117 P.O. Box 9101

6500 HB NIJMEGEN

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 24 361 3315

Fax: +31 24 354 1862

E-mail: info@cochraneprimarycare.org

Website: www.cochraneprimarycare.org

REHABILITATION AND RELATED THERAPIES FIELD

R.A. de Bie, convenor, and Mrs. M.J.G. Moll, administrator

Department of Epidemiology

Maastricht University

PO Box 616

6200 MD MAASTRICHT

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 43 3882362 / 3882394 (administrator)

Fax: +31 43 3884128

E-mail: mjg.moll@epid.unimaas.nl / ra.debie@epid.unimaas.nl

Website: www.cebp.nl

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Accomplishments in Relation to the Objectives for 2008

OBJECTIVE 1

To stimulate and support evidence-based medicine activities in the Netherlands to

help professionals and consumers to make well-informed decisions about health

care.

Activity 1.1

To support the use of evidence-based medicine in Dutch health care.

Accomplishments

- We successfully applied for a European tender issued by the Dutch Health Care Insurance

Board (College voor Zorgverzekeringen, CvZ). In the next two years we will prepare 6-8

systematic reviews regarding topics for which CvZ has to advise the Minister of Health.

- In September, we started our Systematic Review Unit (SRU) to prepare systematic

reviews regarding healthcare interventions and the accuracy of diagnostic tests for Dutch

health care organisations.

- In collaboration with ENT departments of various Dutch Universities we assisted two

researchers with updating a NICE guideline regarding Bilateral Cochlear Implants for the

Dutch Health Care Insurance Board.

- We assisted the guideline working group Pancreas Carcinoma of the Integraal Kanker

Centrum Amsterdam (IKA) with systematically summarizing the existing evidence.

- We were contracted by the guideline working group Treatment of asthma in children of

the Dutch Paediatric Society to prepare a systematic summary of the existing evidence.

- We critically reviewed the European Guideline “Treatment of inguinal hernia in adult

patients” of the European Hernia Society and provided them with suggestions for

improvement.

- We assisted the Advisory Committee “Autism in children” of the Dutch Health Council

with updating an existing systematic review and meta-analysis of the results.

- We acted as an arbiter for the guideline working group “treatment of basal cell

carcinoma” of the Dutch Society of Dermatology and Dutch Society for Plastic Surgery

and advised regarding a recommendation re Mohs’ surgery.

- We obtained a grant to conduct a project regarding evidence-based information retrieval

for clinicians. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Medical Library of the

AMC and the department of Dermatology of the AMC. The objective is to develop a tool

to assist busy clinicians with finding their way in retrieving relevant evidence.

- We participated in a project regarding efficient retrieval of guidelines in the AMC. The

project is lead by the Medical Library and the Quality and Process Improvement Institute

of the AMC.

- Staff members of the Dutch Cochrane Centre were advisors of the “EBRO-platform”, in

which representatives participate of almost all Dutch entities that are involved with

guideline development, and of various other scientific and advisory committees.

- Rob Scholten was invited discussion panel member of a symposium regarding “Evidence:

fit for purpose” of the Centre for Ethics and Health.

- Rob Scholten participated in a conference regarding context effects of the Netherlands

Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

- We published several articles for the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (Dutch

Medical Journal) and other Dutch medical journals.

- We produced the third edition of our Dutch textbook on evidence-based medicine.

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Activity 1.2

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To train medical professionals in evidence-based medicine.

Accomplishments

- In 2008, we organised 31 courses and workshops about evidence-based medicine and

systematic reviews. There were over 1000 participants. See page 15 for an overview.

- We worked with various Dutch health care institutions (among which the

Kwaliteitsinstituut voor de Gezondheidszorg CBO, Dutch Society of Pediatricians and

various scientific societies) to run in-house courses on EBM and Evidence-based Guideline

Development.

- In collaboration with the Coronel Institute of the AMC, we ran various modules of the

newly developed EBM Teach_the_Teachers course for Occupational Health physicians of

the ArboUnie.

- We developed a computer assisted module “Critically Appraisal of a Systematic Review

and How to deal with heterogeneity in a Systematic Review?” for medical students.

OBJECTIVE 2

To contribute to The Cochrane Collaboration to support evidence-based medicine.

Activity 2.1

To support and to stimulate the preparation of high quality Cochrane systematic reviews

about health care interventions.

Accomplishments

- Eighteen new protocols for a systematic review and 12 new systematic reviews with a

Dutch speaking first author were published in the Cochrane Library. The number of active

reviews and protocols with a Dutch speaking first author in The Cochrane Library is now

247 (page also 17).

- Four workshops “Developing a systematic review” were given. A total number of 59

participants attended.

- The UK and Continental Europe Support Units organised the first (two-day) workshop

Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy” for authors of Cochrane

reviews. There were 20 participants.

- In collaboration with the UK Support Unit we organised various other workshops

regarding Cochrane Diagnostic test accuracy reviews.

- On November 28, the Annual Dutch Cochrane Contributors Meeting was held. Topics

included were “What’s new in Cochrane?” and “Adverse effects in Cochrane reviews”.

Invited speakers were Sheena Derry of the Cochrane Adverse Effects Methods Group and

Jan Vandenbroucke, LUMC. There were 27 participants.

- We answered on average 5-10 queries per week by phone or e-mail. Approximately 30

persons visited the Dutch Cochrane Centre for consultation.

- Mariska Leeflang, Hans Reitsma and Rob Scholten were appointed as editor of the

Diagnostic Test Accuracy Editorial Team of The Cochrane Collaboration.

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Activity 2.2

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To contribute to The Cochrane Collaboration and to maintain an adequate infrastructure for

the Dutch Cochrane Centre.

Accomplishments

- To promote The Cochrane Collaboration and evidence-based medicine we gave 14

presentations (page 13) and published 29 articles (page 27).

- In collaboration with many other Cochranites, staff members of the DCC ran various

workshops re Diagnostic Systematic reviews and RevMan 5 at the Colloquium in Freiburg.

- The Continental Europe Support Unit (CESU) was awarded an extension of the grant of

The Cochrane Collaboration and will be operational until mid-2010. CESU’s main task is

to assist the continental European Cochrane Review Groups with the implementation of

Cochrane systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy.

- Mariska Leeflang and coauthors published the first Cochrane Diagnostic test accuracy

review.

- We developed a tutorial for diagnostic test accuracy reviews for the RevMan 5.

- Mariska Leeflang became co-convenor of the Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Tests

Methods Group.

- Staff members of the DCC contributed to various chapters of the Handbook for Diagnostic

Test Accuracy Reviews.

- The DCC participated in a project re Updating systematic reviews. The project was led by

the UK Cochrane Centre and funded by the Cochrane Opportunities Fund. The end report

can be obtained at http://www.cochrane.org/ccsg/qag/updating_wg.htm

- Lotty Hooft participated in an EU project regarding the development of an European

Health Technology Assessment network (EUnetHTA).

- The Netherlands Trial Register, launched in 2004, encompasses now over 1500 trials.

- Lotty Hooft became Chair of the WHO Working Group on Best Practice for Clinical Trials

Registers (http://www.who.int/ictrp/network/bpg/en/index.html).

- Staff members of the DCC participated in 28 Cochrane entities (see page 31).

- From 25-27 June, we hosted the annual midyear meeting of the Monitoring and

Registration Group of The Cochrane Collaboration.

- As special function for The Collaboration the DCC assists with editing titles that don’t fit

the required format. In 2008 for 33 non-standard review titles suggestions were made

for titles that fit the required format.

- Upon request of various foreign colleagues we assessed Dutch articles. In addition, we

retrieved various Dutch articles and reports that were not readily available outside the

Netherlands.

- We maintain a database of over 1600 individuals who have shown interest in the

activities of The Cochrane Collaboration. We have sent out regular mailings, including the

Cochrane newsletter and information regarding the Cochrane Colloquium.

- Our website was visited by over 20,000 unique visitors.

Activity 2.3

To identify scientific publications (evidence) about the efficacy of healthcare interventions.

Accomplishments

- In 2008, we handsearched various medical journals.

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Presentations

Lotty Hooft

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23 April Critically Appraised Topics: Therapeutical interventions.

Evidence-based meeting for librarians. Course, Medical Library

AMC / Dutch Cochrane Centre, Amsterdam.

8 May Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy

(SRDTA). Continental Europe Support Unit: an update.

Continental Europe Cochrane Entities Meeting (CECEM), Milan,

Italy.

29 September Netherlands Trial Register. Registering observational studies?

Minimum standards of best practice for clinical trial registries.

Meeting of the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform

(ICTRP) Best Practice Group (BPG) of the World Health

Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland.

4 October Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy

(SRDTA). Continental Europe Support Unit: an update for

Cochrane Centre Staff. Annual Cochrane Colloquium, Freiburg,

Germany.

7 October Parallel session “Worked examples: a selection of systematic

reviews”. Chair, 16th Cochrane Colloquium, Freiburg, Germany.

Mariska Leeflang

25 May Methodology of diagnostic test accuracy reviews, 5th Asian-

Pacific Conference on Evidence-Based Medicine, Lanzhou,

China.

24 July Bias in accuracy measures caused by data driven selection of

optimal cut-off values for continuous test results, Symposium

on Methods for Evaluating Medical Tests, Birmingham, UK.

24 July Multivariate meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy when the

reference standard has four categories, Symposium on Methods

for Evaluating Medical Tests, Birmingham, UK.

24 July Reasons why sensitivity and specificity do vary with disease

prevalence, Symposium on Methods for Evaluating Medical

Tests, Birmingham, UK.

4 October Parallel session “Diagnostic test accuracy - review methods”.

Chair, 16th Cochrane Colloquium, Freiburg, Germany.

Rob Scholten

3 April Soft evidence. Invited member of discussion panel, Symposium

“Passend bewijs”, Centre for Ethics and Health, Utrecht.

9 June “Aan het bed met evidence-based medicine: een rondleiding

langs wereldwijde systematic reviews”. Presentation, meeting

with representatives of the Ministry of Public Health, NFU, AMC,

Amsterdam.

28 August The Dutch Cochrane Centre. Presentation, 8 th EASOM Summer

School, AMC, Amsterdam.

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Phyllis Spuls

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7-9 September International Dermato-Epidemiology Association Congress,

Nottingham, England. Quantitative evaluation of clinical

psoriasis severity measures: results of a systematic review.

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Workshops and Courses

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22 January Biostatistics. Workshop, Department of Clinical Epidemiology

and Biostatistics AMC, Amsterdam.

23-25 January Evidence-based medicine in clinical practice. Course, Dutch

Cochrane Centre, Amsterdam.

12-13 February Cochrane systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy:

induction training of the Cochrane Gynaecological Cancer

Group, Bath, UK.

13 February Evidence-based guideline development (EBRO). Course, CBO,

10 April Utrecht.

9 October

11 December

4 March Developing a systematic review. Workshop, Dutch Cochrane

26 May Centre, Amsterdam.

9 September

18 November

5, 13 March EBM train the trainer (ArboUnie). Course, Arbouniversity

ArboUnie, Coronel Institute for Occupational Health AMC, and

the Dutch Cochrane Centre, AMC, Amsterdam.

12 March Module Systematic Reviews (5 days). Evidence-based practice

– 9 April master programme, Amsterdam.

29 March Evidence-based medicine in child health. Course and

workshops, Department of Paediatric Nephrology and

Department of Clinical epidemiology and paediatrics (KEK),

Emma Children's Hospital AMC, Lunteren.

9 April Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy. 2 nd South Asian

Regional Symposium on Evidence Informed Health Care. The

South Asian Cochrane Network, Christian Medical College,

Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.

14 April Evidence-based searching for physicians and librarians. Course,

21 April Medical Library AMC / Dutch Cochrane Centre, Amsterdam.

16 April EBM train the trainer (ArboUnie). Refresher workshop.

Arbouniversity ArboUnie, Coronel Institute for Occupational

Health AMC, and the Dutch Cochrane Centre, ArboUnie, Utrecht.

21-22 April EBM for medical specialist in training (OMSO). Course, AMC,

Amsterdam.

19–20 June Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy. Twoday

workshop for Cochrane Authors and Coordinating Editors,

AMC, Amsterdam.

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22-26 September Evidence-Based Medicine. INTERACT Course, Kigali, Rwanda. In

collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, and

the South African Cochrane Centre, Cape Town.

2 October Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy. Oneday

pre-Colloquium workshop for Editorial Teams of Cochrane

Review Groups, Freiburg, Germany.

5 October Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies: 2.

Methodological Quality. Workshop, 16th Cochrane Colloquium,

Freiburg, Germany.

7 October Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies: 5.

Presenting and interpreting results. Workshop, 16th Cochrane

Colloquium, Freiburg, Germany.

7 October Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies: 6.

RevMan 5 for Cochrane Diagnostic test accuracy reviews.

Workshop, 16th Cochrane Colloquium, Freiburg, Germany.

13-14 October Evidence-based medicine in clinical practice. Course, Onze Lieve

Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam.

6 November AMC World of Science. Various workshops, AMC Graduate

School, Amsterdam.

20 November EBM train the trainer (ArboUnie). Refresher workshop.

Arbouniversity ArboUnie, Coronel Institute for Occupational

Health AMC, and the Dutch Cochrane Centre, ArboUnie, Utrecht.

21 November Systematic reviews and Evidence-based medicine. Course,

capita selecta for medical students, AMC, Amsterdam.

24 November Systematic reviews. Course, Epidemiology and statistics

programme for medical information students, AMC, Amsterdam.

28 November Annual Dutch Cochrane Contributors’ Meeting. Workshop, Dutch

Cochrane Centre, Amsterdam.

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Cochrane Reviews with a Dutch speaking First Author

Acute Respiratory Infections Group

1. Beek D van de, Gans J de, McIntyre P, Prasad K. Corticosteroids for acute

bacterial meningitis.

2. Blom D, Ermers M, Bont L, Woensel JBM van, Aalderen WMC van. Inhaled

corticosteroids during acute bronchiolitis in the prevention of post-bronchiolitic

wheezing.

3. Straetemans M, Sanders EA, Veenhoven RH, Schilder AG, Damoiseaux RA,

Zielhuis GA. Pneumococcal vaccines for preventing otitis media.

4. De Sutter AIM, Lemiengre M, Campbell H. Antihistamines for the common

cold.

Airways Group

1. Meer RM van der, Wagena E, Ostelo RWJG, Jacobs JE, Schayck CP van.

Smoking cessation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

2. Effing T, Monninkhof EM, Valk PDLPM van der, Zielhuis GA, Walters EH, Palen

J van der. Self-management education for patients with chronic obstructive

pulmonary disease.

3. Leeflang MM, Debets-Ossenkopp YJ, Visser CE, Scholten RJPM, Hooft L,

Bijlmer HA, et al. Galactomannan detection for invasive aspergillosis in

immunocompromized patients.

4. Wouden JD van der, Uijen JHJM, Bernsen RMD, Tasche MJA, Jongste JC de,

Ducharme FM. Inhaled sodium cromoglycate for asthma in children.

5. Wijkstra PJ, Lacasse Y, Guyatt GH, Goldstein RS, Struik F. Nocturnal noninvasive

positive pressure ventilation for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary

disease.

Back Group

1. Assendelft WJJ, Morton SC, Yu Emily I, Suttorp MJ, Shekelle PG. Spinal

manipulative therapy for low-back pain.

2. Engers AJ, Jellema P, Wensing M, Windt DAWM van der, Grol R, Tulder MW

van. Individual patient education for low back pain.

3. Heymans M, Tulder MW van, Esmail R, Bombardier C, Koes BW. Back schools

for non-specific low-back pain.

4. Jacobs WCH, Anderson PG, Limbeek J, Willems PC, Pavlov P. Single or doublelevel

anterior interbody fusion techniques for cervical degenerative disc

disease.

5. Ostelo RW, Costa LOP, Maher CG, Vet HCW de, Tulder MW van. Rehabilitation

after lumbar disc surgery.

6. Ostelo RWJG, Tulder MW van, Vlaeyen JWS, Linton SJ, Morley SJ, Assendelft

WJJ. Behavioural treatment for chronic low-back pain.

7. Tulder MW van, Touray T, Furlan AD, Solway S, Bouter LM. Muscle relaxants

for non-specific low-back pain.

8. Verhagen AP, Scholten-Peeters GGGM, Wijngaarden S van, Bie RA de,

Bierma-Zeinstra SMA. Conservative treatments for whiplash.

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Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group

1. D'hondt NE, Struijs PAA, Kerkhoffs GM, Verheul C, Lysens R, Aufdemkampe G,

Dijk CN van. Orthotic devices for treating patellofemoral pain syndrome.

2. Heintjes EM, Berger M, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Bernsen RMD, Verhaar JAN,

Koes BW. Exercise therapy for patellofemoral pain syndrome.

3. Heintjes EM, Berger M, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Bernsen RMD, Verhaar JAN,

Koes BW. Pharmacotherapy for patellofemoral pain syndrome.

4. Hofstad CJ, Linde H van der, Limbeek J van, Postema K. Prescription of

prosthetic ankle-foot mechanisms after lower limb amputation.

5. Jainandunsing JS, Elst van der M, Werken CC van der. Bioresorbable fixation

devices for musculoskeletal injuries in adults.

6. Kerkhoffs GMMJ, Handoll HHG, Bie R de, Rowe BH, Struijs PAA. Surgical

versus conservative treatment for acute injuries of the lateral ligament

complex of the ankle in adults.

7. Kerkhoffs GMMJ, Rowe BH, Assendelft WJJ, Kelly K, Struijs PAA, Dijk CN van.

Immobilisation and functional treatment for acute lateral ankle ligament

injuries in adults.

8. Kerkhoffs GMMJ, Struijs PAA, Marti RK, Assendelft WJJ, Blankevoort L, Dijk CN

van. Different functional treatment strategies for acute lateral ankle ligament

injuries in adults.

9. Poolman RW, Goslings JC, Lee J, Statius Muller M, Steller EP, Struijs PAA.

Conservative treatment for closed fifth (small finger) metacarpal neck

fractures.

10. Thien TB, Becker JH, Theis JC. Rehabilitation after surgery for flexor tendon

injuries in the hand.

11. Verhagen AP, Karels CC, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Burdorf LL, Feleus A,

Dahaghin SSD, de Vet HCW de, Koes BW. Ergonomic and physiotherapeutic

interventions for treating work-related complaints of the arm, neck or

shoulder in adults.

12. Vries JS de, Krips R, Sierevelt IN, Blankevoort L, Dijk CN van. Interventions

for treating chronic ankle instability.

13. Windt DAWM van der, Heijden GJ van der, Berg S van den, Riet G ter, Winter

AF de, Bouter LM. Therapeutic ultrasound for acute ankle sprains.

Breast Cancer Group

1. Hage JA van der, Velde CJH van de, Mieog JSD. Preoperative chemotherapy

for women with operable breast cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Group

1. Breukink S, Pierie JP, Wiggers T. Laparoscopic versus open total mesorectal

excision for rectal cancer.

2. Hartog D den, Dur AHM, Tuinebreijer WE, Kreis RW. Open surgical procedures

for incisional hernias.

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Consumers and Communication Group

1. Mistiaen P, Poot E. Telephone follow-up, initiated by a hospital-based health

professional, for postdischarge problems in patients discharged from hospital

to home.

2. Wetzels R, Harmsen M, Weel C van, Grol R, Wensing M. Interventions for

improving older patients' involvement in primary care episodes.

Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group

1. Mérelle MME, Dankert-Roelse JE, Dezateux C, Lees CM, Nagelkerke AF,

Southern KW. Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis.

2. Schans C van der, Prasad A, Main E. Chest physiotherapy compared to no

chest physiotherapy for cystic fibrosis.

Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group

1. Angevaren M, Aufdemkampe G, Verhaar HJJ, Aleman A, Vanhees L. Physical

activity and enhanced fitness to improve cognitive function in older people

without known cognitive impairment.

2. Vink AC, Birks JS, Bruinsma M, Scholten RJPM. Music therapy for people with

dementia.

Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group

1. Boer PCAM den, Wiersma D, Russo S, Bosch RJ. Paraprofessionals for anxiety

and depressive disorders.

2. Henken T, Huibers MJ, Churchill R, Restifo KK, Roelofs JJ. Family therapy for

depression.

3. Huibers MJ, Beurskens A, Bleijenberg G, Schayck OP van. Psychosocial

interventions by general practitioners.

4. Nieuwenhuijsen K, Bültmann U, Neumeyer-Gromen A, Verhoeven AC, Verbeek

JH, Feltz-Cornelis CM van der. Interventions to improve occupational health in

depressed people.

5. Stek ML, Wurff FFB van der, Hoogendijk WJG, Beekman ATF.

Electroconvulsive therapy for the depressed elderly.

6. Wijkstra J, Lijmer J, Balk F, Geddes J, Nolen WA. Pharmacological treatment

for psychotic depression.

Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Group

1. Verschuur HP, Wever W de, Benthem PP van. Antibiotic prophylaxis in clean

and clean-contaminated ear surgery.

Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group

1. Laurant M, Reeves D, Hermens R, Braspenning J, Grol R, Sibbald B.

Substitution of doctors by nurses in primary care.

2. Renders CM, Valk GD, Griffin SJ, Wagner EH, Eijk JT van, Assendelft WJJ.

Interventions to improve the management of diabetes mellitus in primary

care, outpatient and community settings.

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Fertility Regulation Group

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1. Helmerhorst FM, Vliet HAAM van, Gornas T, Finken MJ, Grimes DA. Intrauterine

insemination versus timed intercourse for cervical hostility in subfertile

couples.

2. Visser J, Snel M, Vliet HAAM van. Hormonal versus non-hormonal

contraceptives in women with diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2.

3. Vliet HAAM van, Grimes DA, Helmerhorst FM, Schulz KF. Biphasic versus

monophasic oral contraceptives for contraception.

4. Vliet HAAM van, Grimes DA, Helmerhorst FM, Schulz KF. Biphasic versus

triphasic oral contraceptives for contraception.

5. Vliet HAAM van, Grimes DA, Lopez LM, Schulz KF, Helmerhorst FM. Triphasic

versus monophasic oral contraceptives for contraception.

6. Wijden C van der, Brown J, Kleinen J. Lactational amenorrhea for family

planning.

Gynaecological Cancer Group

1. Ansink A, Stegeman M, Velden K van der, Collingwood M. Surgical

interventions for early squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva.

2. Dalen EC van, Caron HN, Dickinson HO, Kremer LCM. Cardioprotective

interventions for cancer patients receiving anthracyclines.

3. Dalen EC van, Michiels EMC, Caron HN, Kremer LCM. Different anthracycline

derivates for reducing cardiotoxicity in cancer patients.

4. Dalen EC van, Pal HJH van der, Caron HN, Kremer LCM. Different dosage

schedules for reducing cardiotoxicity in cancer patients receiving anthracycline

chemotherapy.

5. Doorn HC van, Ansink A, Verhaar-Langereis M, Stalpers L. Neoadjuvant

chemoradiation for advanced primary vulvar cancer.

6. Velden J van der, Ansink A. Primary groin irradiation versus primary groin

surgery for early vulvar cancer.

7. Wetering MD van de, Woensel JBM van. Prophylactic antibiotics for preventing

early central venous catheter Gram positive infections in oncology patients.

Heart Group

1. Keller T, Weeda VB, Dongen CJ van, Levi M. Influenza vaccines for preventing

coronary heart disease.

Hepato-Biliary Group

1. Keus F, Jong J de, Gooszen HG, Laarhoven CJHM van. Laparoscopic versus

small-incision cholecystectomy for patients with symptomatic

cholecystolithiasis.

2. Keus F, Jong J de, Gooszen HG, Laarhoven CJHM van. Laparoscopic versus

open cholecystectomy for patients with symptomatic cholecystolithiasis.

3. Keus F, Jong J de, Gooszen HG, Laarhoven CJHM van. Small-incision versus

open cholecystectomy for patients with symptomatic cholecystolithiasis.

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Incontinence Group

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1. Deutekom M, Dobben AC. Plugs for containing faecal incontinence.

2. Niël-Weise BS, Broek PJ van den. Urinary catheter policies for long-term

bladder drainage.

3. Niël-Weise BS, Broek PJ van den. Urinary catheter policies for short-term

bladder drainage in adults.

4. Niël-Weise BS, Broek PJ van den. Antibiotic policies for short-term catheter

bladder drainage in adults.

Infectious Diseases Group

1. Jutte PC, Loenhout-Rooyackers JH van. Routine surgery in addition to

chemotherapy for treating spinal tuberculosis.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group

1. Ley M de, Vos R de, Hommes DW, Stokkers PC. Fish oil for induction of

remission in ulcerative colitis.

2. Quartero AO, Meineche-Schmidt V, Muris J, Rubin G, Wit N de. Bulking

agents, antispasmodic and antidepressant medication for the treatment of

irritable bowel syndrome.

Injuries Group

1. Molen HF van der, Lehtola MM, Lappalainen J, Hoonakker PLT, Hsiao H,

Haslam R, et al. Interventions for preventing injuries in the construction

industry.

Lung Cancer Group

1. Pijls-Johannesma MCG, Ruysscher DKM de, Lambin P, Rutten I, Vansteenkiste

JF. Early versus late chest radiotherapy in patient with limited stage small cell

lung cancer.

Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group

1. Bayram N, Wely M van, Veen F van der. Pulsatile gonadotrophin releasing

hormone for ovulation induction in subfertility associated with polycystic ovary

syndrome.

2. Bayram N, Wely M van, Veen F van der. Recombinant FSH versus urinary

gonadotrophins or recombinant FSH for ovulation induction in subfertility

associated with polycystic ovary syndrome.

3. Boomsma CM, Keay SD, Macklon NS. Peri-implantation glucocorticoid

administration for assisted reproductive technology cycles.

4. Boomsma CM, Heineman MJ, Cohlen BJ, Farquhar C. Semen preparation

techniques for intrauterine insemination.

5. Cantineau AEP, Cohlen BJ, Heineman MJ. Intrauterine insemination versus

fallopian tube sperm perfusion for non tubal infertility.

6. Cantineau AEP, Cohlen BJ. Ovarian stimulation protocols (anti-oestrogens,

gonadotrophins with and without GnRH agonists/antagonists) for intrauterine

insemination (IUI) in women with subfertility.

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7. Cantineau AEP, Heineman MJ, Cohlen BJ. Single versus double intrauterine

insemination (IUI) in stimulated cycles for subfertile couples.

8. Evers JLH, Collins JA, Clarke J. Surgery or embolisation for varicocele in

subfertile men.

9. Hajenius PJ, Mol F, Mol BWJ, Bossuyt PMM, Ankum WM, Veen F van der.

Interventions for tubal ectopic pregnancy.

10. Mochtar MH, Veen van der F, Ziech M, Wely M van. Recombinant Luteinizing

Hormone (rLH) for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in assisted

reproductive cycles.

11. Rumste MME van, Evers JLH, Farquhar CM. Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection

versus conventional techniques for oocyte insemination during in vitro

fertilisation in patients with non-male subfertility.

12. Twisk M, Mastenbroek S, Wely M vam, Heineman MJ, Veen F van der, Repping

S. Preimplantation genetic screening for abnormal number of chromosomes

(aneuploidies) in in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

13. Verhulst SM, Cohlen BJ, Hughes E, Heineman MJ, te Velde E. Intra-uterine

insemination for unexplained subfertility.

14. Westergaard LG, Bossuyt PMM, Veen F van der. Wely M van. Human

menopausal gonadotropin versus recombinant follicle stimulation hormone for

ovarian stimulation in assisted reproductive cycles .

Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group

1. Goudswaard AN, Furlong NJ, Valk GD, Stolk RP, Rutten GEHM. Insulin

monotherapy versus combinations of insulin with oral hypoglycaemic agents

in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

2. Laar FA van de, Lucassen PLBJ, Akkermans RP, Lisdonk EH van de, Rutten

GEHM, Weel C van. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

3. Laar FA van de, Lucassen PLBJ, Akkermans RP, Lisdonk EH van de, Grauw

WJC de. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors for people with impaired glucose

tolerance or impaired fasting blood glucose.

4. Priebe MG, Binsbergen JJ van, Vos R de, Vonk RJ. Whole grain foods for the

prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

5. Vermeire E, Wens J, Royen P van, Biot Y, Hearnshaw H, Lindenmeyer A.

Interventions for improving adherence to treatment recommendations in

people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

6. Welschen LMC, Bloemendal E, Nijpels G, Dekker JM, Heine RJ, Stalman WAB,

Bouter LM. Self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes

mellitus who are not using insulin.

Movement Disorders Group

1. Ramaker C, Beek WJT van de, Finken MJJ, Hilten JJ van. Bromocriptine for

levodopa-induced motor complications in Parkinson's disease.

2. Hilten JJ van, Ramaker CC, Stowe R, Ives N. Bromocriptine versus levodopa in

early Parkinson's disease.

3. Hilten JJ van, Ramaker CC, Stowe R, Ives N. Bromocriptine/levodopa

combined versus levodopa alone for early Parkinson's disease.

4. Smeulders M, Coester A, Kreulen M. Surgical treatment for the thumb-in-palm

deformity in patients with cerebral palsy.

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Multiple Sclerosis Group

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1. Rietberg MB, Brooks D, Uitdehaag BMJ, Kwakkel G. Exercise therapy for

multiple sclerosis.

2. Steultjens EMJ, Dekker J, Bouter LM, Cardol M, Ende CHM van den, Nes J van

de. Occupational therapy for multiple sclerosis.

Musculoskeletal Group

1. Brouwer RW, van Raaij TM, Jakma TT, Verhagen AP, Verhaar JAN, Bierma-

Zeinstra SMA. Braces and orthoses for treating osteoarthritis of the knee.

2. Brouwer RW, Raaij TM van, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Verhagen AP, Jakma TSC,

Verhaar JAN. Osteotomy for treating knee osteoarthritis.

3. Jacobs W, Andersen PG, Limbeek J van, Wymenga AAB. Mobile bearing vs

fixed bearing prostheses for total knee arthroplasty for post-operative

functional status in patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Jacobs W, Clement DJ, Wymenga AAB. Retention versus sacrifice of the

posterior cruciate ligament in total knee replacement for treatment of

osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Janssens HJ, Lucassen PLBJ, Laar FA van der, Janssen M, Lisdonk EH van de.

Systemic corticosteroids for acute gout.

6. Steultjens EMJ, Dekker J, Bouter LM, Schaardenburg D van, Kuyk MAH van,

Ende CHM van den. Occupational therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Struijs PAA, Smidt N, Arola H, Dijk CN van, Buchbinder R, Assendelft WJJ.

Orthotic devices for the treatment of tennis elbow.

8. Takken T, Brussel M van, Engelbert RHH, Net JJ van der, Kuis W, Helders

PPJM. Exercise therapy in juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

9. Takken T, Net J van der, Helders PJM. Methotrexate for treating juvenile

idiopathic arthritis.

10. Verhagen AP, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Boers M, Cardoso JR, Lambeck J, Bie RA

de, Vet HCW de. Balneotherapy for osteoarthritis.

11. Verhagen AP, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Boers M, Cardoso JR, Lambeck J, Bie RA

de, Vet HCW de. Balneotherapy for rheumatoid arthritis.

Neonatal Group

1. Cools F, Offringa M. Neuromuscular paralysis for newborn infants receiving

mechanical ventilation.

2. Puckett RM, Offringa M. Prophylactic vitamin K for vitamin K deficiency

bleeding in neonates.

Neuromuscular Disease Group

1. Kooi EL van der, Lindeman E, Riphagen I. Strength training and aerobic

exercise training for muscle disease.

2. Schaik IN van, Berg LH van den, Haan R de, Vermeulen M. Intravenous

immunoglobulin for multifocal motor neuropathy.

3. Eftimov F, Winer JB, Vermeulen M, Haan R de, Schaik IN van. Intravenous

immunoglobulin for chronic inflammatory demyelinating

polyradiculoneuropathy.

4. Scholten RJPM, Mink van der Molen A, Uitdehaag BMJ, Bouter LM, Vet HCW

de. Surgical treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.

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5. Trip J, Drost G, van Engelen BGM, Faber CG. Drug treatment for myotonia.

6. Van Veen NHJ, Nicholls PG, Smith WCS, Richardus JH. Corticosteroids for

treating nerve damage in leprosy.

7. Vrancken AFJE, Schaik IN van, Hughes RAC, Notermans NC. Drug therapy for

chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy.

8. Vrancken AFJE, Hughes RAC, Said G, Wokke JHJ, Notermans NC.

Immunosuppressive treatment for non-systemic vasculitic neuropathy.

Oral Health Group

1. Mettes DTG, Nienhuijs MEL, Sanden WJM van der, Verdonschot EH,

Plasschaert AJM. Interventions for treating asymptomatic impacted wisdom

teeth in adolescents and adults.

Peripheral Vascular Diseases Group

1. Backer TLM de, Bogaert MG, Stichele RH vander. Buflomedil for intermittent

claudication.

2. Backer TLM de, Stichele RH vander, Lehert P, Bortel L van. Naftidrofuryl for

intermittent claudication.

3. Bendermacher BLW, Willigendael EM, Teijink JAW, Prins MH. Supervised

exercise therapy versus non-supervised exercise therapy for intermittent

claudication.

4. Di Nisio M, Wichers IM, Middeldorp S. Treatment for superficial

thrombophlebitis of the leg.

5. Dongen CJJ van, Belt AGM van den, Prins MH, Lensing AWA. Fixed dose

subcutaneous low molecular weight heparins versus adjusted dose

unfractionated heparin for venous thromboembolism.

6. Dongen CJ van, MacGillavry MR, Prins MH. Once versus twice daily low

molecular weight heparin for the initial treatment of venous

thromboembolism.

7. Heijden JF van der, Hutten BA, Büller HR, Prins MH. Vitamin K antagonists or

low-molecular-weight heparin for the long term treatment of symptomatic

venous thromboembolism.

8. Hutten BA, Prins MH. Duration of treatment with vitamin K antagonists in

symptomatic venous thromboembolism.

9. Kolbach DN, Sandbrink MWC, Prins MH, Neumann MHAM. Compression

therapy for treating stage I and II (Widmer) post-thrombotic syndrome.

10. Kolbach DN, Sandbrink MWC, Hamulyak K, Prins MH, Neumann HAM. Nonpharmaceutical

measures for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome.

11. Testroote M, Stigter WAH, Visser DC de, Janzing HMJ. Low molecular weight

heparin for prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients with lower-leg

immobilization.

12. Ubbink DT, Vermeulen H. Spinal cord stimulation for non-reconstructable

chronic critical leg ischaemia.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

1. Ceysens G, Rouiller D, Boulvain M. Exercise for diabetic pregnant women.

2. Di Nisio M, Peters LW, Middeldorp S. Anticoagulants for the treatment of

recurrent pregnancy loss in women without antiphospholipid syndrome.

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Skin Group

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1. Koning S, Verhagen AP, Suijlekom-Smit LWA van, Morris AD, Butler C,

Wouden JC van der. Interventions for Impetigo.

2. Wouden JC van der, Menke J, Gajadin S, Koning S, Tasche MJA, Suijlekom-

Smit LWA van, Berger MY, Butler C. Interventions for cutaneous molluscum

contagiosum.

3. Zuuren EJ van, Graber MA, Hollis S, Chaudhry M, Gupta AK, Gover M.

Interventions for rosacea.

Stroke Group

1. Algra A, Schryver ELLM de, Gijn J van, Kappelle LJ, Koudstaal PJ. Oral

anticoagulants versus antiplatelet therapy for preventing further vascular

events after transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke of presumed arterial

origin.

2. Dorhout Mees SM, Bergh WM van den, Algra A, Rinkel GJE. Antiplatelet

therapy for aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

3. Dorhout Mees SM, Rinkel GJE, Feigin VL, Algra A, Bergh WM van den,

Vermeulen M, Gijn J van. Calcium antagonists for aneurysmal subarachnoid

haemorrhage.

4. Horn J, Limburg M. Calcium antagonists for acute ischemic stroke.

5. Rinkel GJE, Feigin VL, Algra A, Gijn J van. Circulatory volume expansion

therapy for aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

6. Roos YBWEM, Rinkel GJE, Vermeulen M, Algra A, Gijn J van. Antifibrinolytic

therapy for aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

7. Saxena R, Koudstaal PJ. Anticoagulants for preventing stroke in patients with

nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation and a history of stroke or transient ischemic

attacks.

8. Saxena R, Koudstaal PJ. Anticoagulants versus antiplatelet therapy for

preventing stroke in patients with nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation and a history

of stroke or transient ischemic attacks.

9. Schaaf I van der, Algra A, Wermer M, Molyneux A, Clarke MJ, Gijn J van,

Rinkel GJE. Endovascular coiling versus neurosurgical clipping for patients

with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

10. Schryver De ELLM, Algra A, Gijn J van. Dipyridamole for preventing stroke

and other vascular events in patients with vascular disease.

11. Stam J, Bruijn SFTM de, DeVeber G. Anticoagulation for cerebral sinus

thrombosis.

Tobacco Addiction Group

1. Kaper J, Wagena E, Severens JL, Schayck OP van. Healthcare financing

systems for increasing the use of tobacco dependence treatment.

Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases Group

1. Homs MYV, Gaast A van de, Siersema PD, Steyerberg EW, Kuipers EJ.

Chemotherapy for metastatic carcinoma of the esophagus and gastroesophageal

junction.

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2. Pinxteren B van, Numans ME, Bonis PA, Lau J. Short-term treatment with

proton pump inhibitors, H2-receptor antagonists and prokinetics for gastrooesophageal

reflux disease-like symptoms and endoscopy negative reflux

disease.

Wounds Group

1. Rijen M van, Bonten M, Wenzel R, Kluytmans J. Mupirocin ointment for

preventing Staphylococcus aureus infections in nasal carriers.

2. Ubbink DT, Westerbos SJ, Evans D, Land L, Vermeulen H. Topical negative

pressure for treating chronic wounds.

3. Valk GD, Kriegsman DMW, Assendelft WJJ. Patient education for preventing

diabetic foot ulceration.

4. Vermeulen H, Ubbink DT, Goossens A, Vos R de, Legemate D. Dressings and

topical agents for surgical wounds healing by secondary intention.

5. Vermeulen H, Hattem JM van, Storm-Versloot MN, Ubbink DT. Topical silver

for treating infected wounds.

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Brenninkmeijer EEA, Schram ME, Leeflang MMG, Bos JD, Spuls PhI. Diagnostic

criteria for atopic dermatitis: a systematic review. Br J Dermatol 2008;158:754-

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CR. Systematic review: Accuracy of imaging tests in the diagnosis of recurrent

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Grobler L, Siegfried N, Askie L, Hooft L, Tharyan P, Antes G. National and

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Mol BW, van der Post JA, Leeflang MM, Barton PM, Hyde CJ, Gupta JK, Khan KS.

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Nijsten T, Spuls Ph, Stern R. STROBE: a beacon for observational studies.

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Nijsten T, Spuls PhI. Adalimumab is a new effective biological and may be better

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Wakkee M, Lugtenberg M, de Jong E, Spuls Ph, Thio B, Westert G, Nijsten T.

Knowledge, attitudes and use of the guidelines for the treatment of moderate to

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Leeflang MM, McDonald S, Scholten RJ, Rutjes A, Reitsma JJB. Search

strategies to identify diagnostic accuracy studies in MEDLINE and EMBASE.

Leeflang MM, Debets-Ossenkopp YJ, Visser CE, Scholten RJ, Hooft L, Bijlmer

HA, Reitsma JB, Bossuyt PM, Vandenbroucke-Grauls CM. Galactomannan

detection for invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromized patients.

Roelofs PD, Deyo RA, Koes BW, Scholten RJ, van Tulder MW. Non-steroidal antiinflammatory

drugs for low back pain.

Romme JJCM, Black CN, Colman N, Scholten RJ, Reitsma JB, Wieling W, Van

Dijk N. Drugs and pacemakers for neurally mediated reflex syncope.

Scholten RJ, Mink van der Molen A, Uitdehaag BM, Bouter LM, de Vet HC.

Surgical treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Vink AC, Bruinsma MS, Scholten RJ. Music therapy in the care of people with

dementia.

Vroon P, Weert HCPM van, Scholten RJ. Interventions for ganglion cysts in

adults.

NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Krom MC de, Croonenborg JJ van, Blaauw G, Scholten RJ, Spaans F. [Guideline

'Diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome'] Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd.

2008;152(2):76-81.

Hamerlynck JV, Legemate DA, Hooft L. [From the Cochrane Library:

ultrasonographic screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in men aged 65 years

and older: low risk of fatal aneurysm rupture]. Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Mar

29;152(13):747-9.

Leeflang MM, Hooft L, Vermeulen H. Toolbox: Diagnostisch onderzoek (deel 4).

Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Evidence Based Practice. 2008 Jul; 6(3):18-23.

Polak BC, Hartstra WW, Ringens PJ, Scholten RJ. [Revised guideline 'Diabetic

retinopathy: screening, diagnosis and treatment'] Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008

Nov 1;152(44):2406-13.

Spuls PhI. Goed onderzoek is niet altijd vanzelfsprekend. Tijdschrift Psoriasis

2008;29(1):26-27.

Vermeulen H, Ubbink D, Hooft L. Toolbox: Systematisch literatuuronderzoek van

gerandomiseerde onderzoeken (deel 2). Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Evidence

Based Practice. 2008 Feb; 6(1):4-8

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REPORTS

The Dutch Cochrane Centre - Annual report 2008

Langendam MW, Spuls PhI, Scholten RJPM. AGREE assessment of the

European Hernia Society Guideline “Treatment of inguinal hernia in adult

patients”.

Scholten RJPM, Langendam MW. Beoordeling van de methodologische

kwaliteit van het onderzoek van Smeets en collega’s (Lancet 2004;364:1766-72)

en de daaruit voortvloeiende conclusie van de richtlijnwerkgroep “Behandeling

van het basaalcelcarcinoom” betreffende de effectiviteit van Mohs’ Micrographic

Surgery (MMS) vergeleken met Surgical Excision (SE) voor recidief

basaalcelcarcinoom.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS

Offringa M, Assendelft WJ, Scholten RJPM. Inleiding evidence-based medicine.

Klinisch handelen gebaseerd op bewijsmateriaal. Derde druk. Bohn, Stafleu, Van

Loghum, 2008. ISBN: 9789031353200

THESIS

Leeflang MMG. Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy.

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The Dutch Cochrane Centre - Annual report 2008

Participation in Cochrane Entities

Lotty Hooft

� Bias Methods Group

� Childhood Cancer Group

� Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group

� Prognosis Methods Group

� Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group

� Skin Group

� WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (chair)

Mariska Leeflang

� Airways Group

� Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group

� Methodology Review Group

� Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group (co-convenor)

Jacqueline Limpens

� CENTRAL forum

� Information Retrieval Methods Group

Rob Scholten

� Airways Group

� Back Group

Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group (Centre representative)

� Continental European Cochrane Entities Meeting Planning Committee

� Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group

� Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group

� Heart Group

� Information Management System Group

� Methodology Review Group

� Monitoring and Registration Group (co-convenor)

� Neuromuscular Disease Group

� Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group

� Statistical Methods Group

� Updating Working Group (convenor), subgroup of the Quality Advisory Group

Phyllis Spuls

� Skin Group

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