Dr. Charles Zheng

Epidemiologist, Singapore Clinical Research Institute

Dr Zheng joined SCRI in 2014 as an Epidemiologist. His interests lie in systematic review and meta-analysis for intervention, diagnostic and observational studies, design and statistical analysis for observational study and health economic evaluation. He is currently collaborating with investigators in clinical research on cardiovascular diseases, orthopaedics and paediatrics. He is also a member of the Cochrane Singapore. He teaches in Cochrane systematic review workshops and provides lectures related with evidence-based medicine.

Cochrane Library is an important source of evidence summary in a quantitative way. As a staff member as well as an Epidemiologist in Cochrane Singapore, I routinely use it for my research activities. The newly designed advanced search platform enables me to allocate the evidence quickly, as all the citations are well-categorized via various features, e.g. study type, date, topics and language etc.

The powerful “Search Manager” enables me to edit, revise and see the results in a real-time fashion. I can modify my search syntax, e.g. add new search terms or add new filters, directly in the same line without creating a new search line. Similarly, I can view the MeSH term definition directly in the same page without opening a new page for that. All these small improvements provide a smooth search environment.

As an author of Cochrane Systematic Reviews (CSRs), I have supported quite a few CSRs. The most impressive part is the high standard peer review process. It enables the reviewers to conduct their reviews and interpret the results in a proper way, and convey reliable information to the public.

For clinicians, they require up-to-date information on best clinical practice, and may not be able to efficiently extract the information from the full review. The “Clinical Answers” is a useful tool for them. Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provides a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals. The evidence is displayed in a user-friendly tabulated format that includes narratives, data, and links to graphics.

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THE POWERFUL “SEARCH MANAGER” ENABLES ME TO EDIT, REVISE AND SEE THE RESULTS IN A REAL-TIME FASHION.