Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Satellite Center

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is part of a satellite location of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth group. Cochrane is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making health care readily available worldwide. The group produces and distributes reviews of health care interventions while promoting the search for evidence through clinical trials and other studies. As the United States satellite location, the department is a leader in advocating for the use of Cochrane evidence in obstetrics.

The department is partnering with Central Michigan University School of Health Sciences as part of this satellite, which covers the entire United States. The goals of the satellite are to recruit new authors, support U.S. authors, manage training activity, conduct reviewer training workshops, train referees to support ongoing registered titles of the pregnancy childbirth group, support consumer networks, promote knowledge translation activities and improve communication strategies with other Cochrane groups.

Outcomes and Deliverables

Training workshops and collaboration on Pregnancy and Childbirth group priority reviews will help increase group author numbers in the United States. These new authors will be directly mentored by experienced U.S. Cochrane authors in their first endeavor.

The satellite will work with the Pregnancy and Childbirth group Editorial Base to aid them in their workflow for funded priority topic areas and work with any current and future funding agencies in the U.S. to ascertain priority topics for new or updated reviews. These reviews can be new or updated, depending on the priority and acuity of the review.

To accomplish this, the satellite will utilize networking, highlighting academic and personal benefits to serving as a referee, and training workshops and seminars at national meetings.

The satellite will promote and highlight the central role that consumers play in the refereeing of reviews and in the prioritization process. The group will work closely with Cochrane Consumer Network leadership to strategize best practices for recruitment and training of these new individuals.

While “exposure” is traditionally hard to measure, the satellite will utilize new metrics on usage and references in guidelines and other venues to monitor impact of exposure. Exposure will be increased in several ways, such as working with journal editors to highlight impactful reviews, improving knowledge of how to access reviews and organizing annual review training for faculty, students and consumers.

The satellite center will meet in person annually during the Cochrane Colloquium, which will be attended by at least two members of the U.S. Pregnancy and Childbirth Satellite Center as well as hold quarterly virtual conference calls between the groups. The goals of the meetings are to harmonize strategies, report activities and plan for future effective collaborations.

Each year, the satellite will identify two graduate students to support translation efforts by creating two policy statements per year, addressing health policy makers about findings. The satellite will use materials distributed by Cochrane Knowledge Translation group to adopt their translation framework and implementation plan in guiding the KT implementation across the U.S.

Satellite Faculty Leadership

David M. Haas, MD

David M. Haas, MD

Robert A. Munsick Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology