Free Online Courses

Free Online Courses offered by the US Cochrane Center

 

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare:  A Foundation for Action  

This web course has been created by the United States Cochrane Center as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE), and is designed to help consumer advocates understand the fundamentals of evidence-based healthcare concepts and skills. Registration is open and free of charge. Participants are encouraged to finish the course in three months.

For more information about this course, please click here.


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The FDA and the Regulation of Healthcare Interventions-A Spotlight Session

 This Spotlight Session on the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), a supplemental module for the online course Understanding Evidence-Based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action, has been created by the United States Cochrane Center as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE). It is designed to help users understand the history of drug regulation and the fundamentals of how drugs are approved in the US.

For more information about this course, please click here.


Serving on a Clinical Practice Guideline Panel- Richard Rosenfeld











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Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action – Course for Physicians

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare was created by the United States Cochrane Center. The course was originally launched as part of a project undertaken by Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE) to help consumer advocates understand the fundamentals of evidence-based healthcare. We found, however, that this course is popular with both lay consumers and health professionals and is a required element of a number of educational curricula. A few years ago, the Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) asked us to develop a new “front end” to the course, applicable to physicians, so that they too would see the applicability of the course to their own work. We have done just this and welcome you to the version specifically oriented to the physician participant.


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Translating Critical Appraisal of a Manuscript into Meaningful Peer Review

 We have developed a free of charge online course on journal peer review, Translating Critical Appraisal of a Manuscript into Meaningful Peer Review, to serve as a resource for health professionals who are serving or wish to serve as peer reviewers of the biomedical literature. Because this course was funded by the NEI, we have specifically oriented the Workshop to ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other vision practitioners, mainly based in the US.

For more information about this course, please click here.


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Handsearching:  Identifying and Classifying Controlled Trial Reports

This short distance education course will prepare you for one of the most important roles in the international effort of the Cochrane Collaboration. Handsearching, the process of manually screening peer-reviewed biomedical journals, conference proceedings and other publications for the best-available evidence is an integral process in identifying results of research that can be used in Cochrane reviews.

For more information about this course, please click here.





 

Thanks to US Cochrane Activity Funders: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Department of Health and Human Services)

National Eye Institute (NIH)

Blue Shield of California

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Kaiser Foundation

Wellpoint, Inc.