The Cochrane Collaborative have been producing podcasts to disseminate some of the results from their reviews. They already have 3 podcasts for 2009 at the time of writing. The podcasts are conveniently divided into short segments which cover an individual review and can be listened to separately which is very convenient. There was much material relevant to psychiatry. Thus there is a review of therapies for Body Dysmorphic Disorder in this segment of the January 2009 Issue 1 podcast. The review that is discussed finds evidence of a beneficial effect of SSRI’s, clomipramine and CBT. In this segment of the January 2009 Issue 1 Podcast, there is a discussion of approaches to reducing weight gain after smoking cessation including the benefits of exercise, a CBT approach to acceptance of weight gain and the use of Buproprion. In this segment of the January 2009 Issue 1 Podcast there is a look at a study which assessed the likelihood of publication of a paper according to the results. Trials involving several diseases were identified from the clinical trials registry and the authors found from their sample that trials with positive results had 4 times the odds of being published than the negative trials. In this segment of the April 2009 Issue 2 Podcast there is a look at interventions to reduce falls in the elderly and amongst other findings there were benefits for exercise with multiple components, tai chi and in specific circumstances cataract surgery and pacemaker insertion. In this segment of the April 2009 Issue 2 P0dcast there is a look at a study investigating the efficacy of the small and large patches for Rivastigmine and providing evidence of equivalent efficacy but with reduced adverse events with the smaller patch. These podcasts provide a useful resource, updating the listener on high-quality evidence based answers to different clinical questions.
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