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The Publishing Characteristics of Cochrane Reviews for Nursing Research

Date and Location




Monday 23 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00


Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author

zhang Fengwa

Contact person

Kehu Yang
Abstract text
Background: Accompanied booming of the Nursing science and Evidence-Based Medicine, Concepts and methods of evidence-based nursing were given great attention by clinical practitioners and managers. However, due to the scientific and artistic characters of nursing discipline, they are facing challenges. Objectives:To describe the publishing Characteristics of the Cochrane Reviews of Nursing Research. Methods: We searched the Cochrane library by the topic on “Nursing”, and retrieved the Advanced Search by term of nursing as a supplement in March 2013. The EndNote X5 and Excel were used for data description and analysis. Results: We included 201 Cochrane Reviews of nursing researches out of the 226 identified, 32 of them published in 1998 to 2005, 169 published in 2006 to 2013. There were 9 (4.48%) Protocols, 38 (18.91%) New Searches, 13 (6.47%) Conclusions Changed, 7 (3.48%) Withdrawn, 3 (1.49%) Methodology, 1 and 3 Comment and overview of the inclusion respectively ;Among which, 16 Reviews included 0 studies, 101 included 1~10, 37 included 10~20, 33 included more than 20. 130 (67.71%) only included randomised controlled trials(RCTs) or quasi-RCTs,40(20.83%) included some of RCT or CCT or controlled before and after studies or interrupted time series.54 researches are focused on Community or home care, 18 and 13 pay close attention to Obstetric and pediatric nursing respectively, 60 to other patient care at the hospital, 19 are associated with Care system, only 2 are related to nursing education. Conclusions: Although more and more Cochrane Reviews about nursing is published, the quantity of the evidence should be improved; At the same time, we should pay more attention to Nursing education and systematic review of observational studies and qualitative research.