Cochrane podcasts provide short (under 5 minutes) summaries of Cochrane evidence in an easy to access audio format presented by review authors. Cochrane podcasts are also available on iTunes 

Automated telephone communication systems for preventing disease and managing long-term conditions

Alongside increasing efforts to deliver health care remotely, there is a need for research to assess the effects of these new approaches. In a new Cochrane Review from December 2016, Pawel Posadzki from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore, and colleagues bring together the evidence on automated telephone communication systems. We asked Pawel to tell us what the authors found. 

Interactive computer-based interventions for sexual health promotion

Cochrane Reviews examine interventions that promote health and well-being, as well as those that treat illness and disease. A team of researchers in the south of England have investigated Interactive computer-based interventions for sexual health. Julia Bailey from University College London tells us more.

Interventions aimed at communities to inform and/or educate about early childhood vaccination

 Different strategies are used to communicate with communities about child vaccination. Ingvil Saeterdal from the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services and colleagues have studied the effects in a new Cochrane Review, which was published in November 2014. Also available in Français | Català | Deutsch | Português

Interventions for providers to promote a patient-centred approach in clinical consultations

Communication problems in health care may arise if healthcare providers focus on diseases and their management, rather than people, their lives and their health problems. Taking a patient-centre approach might help to overcome this and it’s investigated in a new Cochrane Review, published in December 2012. Francesca Dwamena and Bob Smith from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in the USA, discuss the findings in this podcast. 

Interventions for supporting informal caregivers of patients in the terminal phase of a disease

A new Cochrane Review relevant to palliative care, approaches this from the perspective of the caregivers for the person at the end of their life. Bridget Candy from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit, at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London England describes the findings.

Interventions to improve safe and effective medicines use by consumers: an overview of systematic reviews

For the last few years, Cochrane Overviews have been bringing together the findings of a number of Cochrane Reviews into a single document, making it easier for people to find the evidence they need. Like Cochrane Reviews more generally, these are also updated periodically, and Sophie Hill, Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group, describes the April 2014 update of her team’s overview of consumer-oriented interventions for evidence-based prescribing and medicines use in this podcast. 

Multimedia educational interventions for consumers about prescribed and over-the-counter medications

In an April 2013 Cochrane Review, Sabina Ciciriello from the Royal Melbourne Hospital examined the effects of multimedia educational interventions to inform consumers about medications. Sabina describes what they found and their conclusions, including the need for a core outcome set in this area in this podcast. 

Personalised care planning for adults with chronic or long-term health conditions

As the population ages, the number of people with chronic conditions is ever increasing. Angela Coulter from the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford in the UK looked at ways to help these people have more say in their own healthcare. Angela describes the findings from their March 2015 Cochrane Review in this podcast. Also available in  தமிழ் | Русский | Hrvatski | 简体中文

Reminder packaging for improving adherence to self-administered long-term medications

Cochrane Reviews highlight the beneficial effects of many different medicines for a variety of illnesses, but we also know that lots of people don’t always take their medication exactly as it was prescribed. Kamal Mahtani from the Department of Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford in England is an author on the September 2011 update of a review looking at the effects of specific types packaging to help people to remember to take their tablets as prescribed.

Using alternative statistical formats for presenting risks and risk reductions

Most Cochrane Reviews summarise the results of trials, but some look at how best to obtain and present these results. Elie Akl from the State University of New York at Buffalo led a review examining this issue.

Visual feedback of individuals' medical imaging results for changing health behaviour

A team of reviewers at Kings College London in England have produced a Cochrane Review of providing feedback to patients after a medical scan. Gareth Hollands describes their work.

What are parents' and informal caregivers' views and experiences of communication about routine early childhood vaccination?

Most Cochrane Reviews examine quantitative evidence on the effects of health or social care, but some review qualitative research to try to get a better understanding of and why and how interventions do or don’t work. In a new review from February 2017, Heather Ames, from the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, and colleagues have done this to explore how parents experience communication about vaccination for children. Heather tells us what they found in this podcast