Who are we?
Cochrane Public Health Europe (CPHE) is a satellite group of Cochrane Public Health (CPH) based at the University of Newcastle, Australia. CPHE was established in 2015 as a network of academic institutions in the three German-speaking European countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The main aim of CPHE is to contribute to the work of CPH in Europe.
CPHE has a governance committee with a rotating coordination. For the period of 2022-2024 the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology- BIPS (Department of Prevention and Evaluation; Bremen, Germany) and the University of Bremen (Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research; Bremen, Germany) are in charge of CPHE coordination. There are regular virtual meetings among all partner institutions.
As of 2023 CPHE is involved in discussions with CPH on the transition from a Cochrane Review Group to the new Thematic Group format.
- Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology- BIPS (Department of Prevention and Evaluation; Bremen) and University of Bremen (Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research; Bremen)
Dr. Manuela Bombana, Dr. Karina K. De Santis, Prof. Dr. Ansgar Gerhardus, Dr. Stefanie Helmer, Dyon Hoekstra, Dr. Tina Jahnel, Dr. Stefan K. Lhachimi, Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb
- Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Pettenkofer School of Public Health, Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology; Munich)
Prof. Dr. Eva Rehfuess
- Cochrane Germany and University of Freiburg (Institute for Evidence in Medicine (for Cochrane Germany Foundation), Medical Centre; Freiburg)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Meerpohl, Dr. Birgit Schindler, Dr. Lukas Schwingshackl
- Cochrane Austria and Danube University (Department for Evidence-Based Medicine and Evaluation; Krems)
Prof. Gerald Gartlehner, Dr. Ursula Griebler, Dr. Christina Kien, Irma Klerings
- Cochrane Switzerland, University of Lausanne (Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté); Lausanne) and University of Zurich (Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Prevention Institute; Zurich)
Dr. Margot Mütsch, Prof. Milo Puhan, Dr. Erik von Elm
Our current activities
Dissemination of CPH reviews
- via support of translations of plain language summaries to German
- via email-based newsletters (so-called Infomails- click here to sign up for our topic-specific Infomails)
- via meta-research studies on how CPH reviews are disseminated after publication
Priority setting for new CPH reviews
- via projects designed to define such priorities based on (1) stakeholder surveys and (2) meta-research studies of published Cochrane reviews to identify evidence gaps that could be addressed in future CPH reviews
Contribution to CPH reviews and methodological studies on Cochrane reviews
- as authors
- as editorial experts via methodological peer-review or assistance in search strategy development
Furthermore, CPHE members are engaged in multiple roles at Cochrane and broader joint activities to promote evidence-based public health in their countries and in Europe, e.g. by contributing to workshops, conferences, and joint publications.
Examples of our work since 2022
Contributions to CPH-Reviews
- Kratzer S, Pfadenhauer LM, Biallas RL, Featherstone R, Klinger C, Movsisyan A, Rabe JE, Stadelmaier J, Rehfuess E, Wabnitz K, Verboom B. Unintended consequences of measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022; 6:CD015397. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD015397.
- Krishnaratne S, Littlecott H, Sell K, Burns J, Rabe JE, Stratil JM, Litwin T, Kreutz C, Coenen M, Geffert K, Boger AH, Movsisyan A, Kratzer S, Klinger C, Wabnitz K, Strahwald B, Verboom B, Rehfuess E, Biallas RL, Jung-Sievers C, Voss S, Pfadenhauer LM. Measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022; 1:CD015029. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD015029.
- Pega, F, Pabayo, R, Benny, C, Lee, E-Y, Lhachimi, S K. & Liu, S Y. Unconditional cash transfers for reducing poverty and vulnerabilities: Effect on use of health services and health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022; 3:CD011135. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011135
Contributions to methodological studies
- Griebler, U., Kien, C., De Santis, K. K., Stratil, J., Borchard, A., & Heise, T. L. (2022). Dissemination of Evidence by Cochrane Public Health Europe in German-Speaking Countries: An Online Stakeholder Survey. International Journal of Public Health, 67. https://doi.org/10.3389/ijph.2022.1605265
- Helmer, S., Matthias, K., Mergenthal, L., Reimer, M., & De Santis, K. (2023). Dissemination of knowledge from Cochrane Public Health reviews: A bibliographic study. Systematic Reviews, 12(1), 113. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-023-02272-8
- Schwingshackl, L., Stadelmaier, J., Lay, R., Griebler, U., De Santis, K. K., Zeeb, H., Kien, C., Reimer, M., Eble, J., von Philipsborn, P., Gerhardus, A., von Elm, E., Meerpohl, J. J., & Kiesswetter, E. (2023). In Cochrane nutrition reviews assessment of dietary adherence varied considerably. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2023.03.016
- Wolfenden, L., Close, S., Finch, M., Lecathelinais, C., Ramanathan, S., De Santis, K. K., Car, L. T., Doyle, J., & McCrabb, S. (2023). Improving academic and public health impact of Cochrane public health reviews: what can we learn from bibliographic metrics and author dissemination strategies? A cross-sectional study. Journal of Public Health https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdad039
For more information, please contact Dr. Karina De Santis: CPHE@leibniz-bips.de