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Evidence-Based Practice For Your iPad – The Cochrane Library iPad Edition

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a process in which the practitioner combines well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics, and client preferences and culture to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and services. The practitioner, researcher and client must work together in order to identify what works, for whom and under what conditions. This approach ensures that the treatments and services, when used as intended, will have the most effective outcomes as demonstrated by the research. It will also ensure that programs with proven success will be more widely disseminated and will benefit a greater number of people. (Social Work Policy Institute)

One of the most used databases that can support social workers with up-to-date research is The Cochrane Library.

The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews provide the combined results of the world’s best medical research studies, and are recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based health care. (Social Work Policy Institute)

The Cochrane Library recently released the iPad Edition (iTunes link) to present …

2013-01-18-19.42.06-300x400… the latest up-to-date evidence from The Cochrane Library in a convenient, easy-to-navigate format. Monthly issues feature Cochrane Systematic Reviews selected by the Editor in Chief and specially abridged to provide the best possible iPad reading experience. The reviews are enriched with the addition of multimedia content, including podcasts, videos, and slide decks.

In this app, you can easily access abstracts, read selected reviews, and view full-page summary of findings tables. With access to a range of topics each month, you can create a reading list tailored to your own interests. All content in the app is free, and new issues will be downloaded regularly to your Newsstand. The Cochrane Library iPad Edition is simple and easy to navigate and presents an optimized reading experience from your iPad.

  • Read full editorials, listen to integrated podcasts, and watch videos associated with reviews wherever you are
  • Use multitouch gestures for easy viewing of tables and images
  • Bookmark articles, images, tables and figures for convenient reading
  • Read and access content offline even when on a plane, subway, etc. without a network connection


The app was reviewed at iMedicalApps getting 4 of 5 points concluding:

  • The Cochrane Library app provides interactive access to Cochrane Library content published as online/app issues. The organization of the app makes it easy to choose articles to read, as well to navigate between interesting articles.
  • The newness of the app limits depth of information available–not all library content available. It is available for the iPad, but not the iPhone or Android.

(Cochrane Library, a meta-analyses app at the tip of your metacarpals)



One comment on “Evidence-Based Practice For Your iPad – The Cochrane Library iPad Edition

  1. Lutz Siemer
    June 20, 2013

    Reblogged this on Saxion op pad.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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