You can contribute to the Incontinence Group in many ways by:
• Searching a journal for randomised controlled studies – particularly those not listed in MEDLINE and/or published in languages other than English.
• Searching abstracts books and conference proceedings for randomised controlled studies. • Notifying us of ongoing or unpublished randomised controlled studies.
• Preparing or assisting with the preparation of a systematic review.
• Peer refereeing a protocol (outline of a proposed systematic review) and/or a completed review.
• Providing feedback on completed reviews.
• Offering technical or other support.
The Cochrane Incontinence reviews predominantly use evidence from randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials for evaluating a range of relevant health care interventions. Our scope includes:
Chemical: drug; homeopathy; diet; hormone
Physical: vaginal cones, pelvic floor muscle training; electrical stimulation; acupuncture; chiropractic; biofeedback
Surgery: perineal/vaginal/rectal; injections; abdominal; laparoscopic; urinary/faecal diversion; postsurgical management
Psychological/behavioural training: psychotherapy; bladder drill/training; toilet training; alarms; motivation; reward schemes
Lifestyle: changes in fluid intake; change in type of fluid (e.g. caffeine reduction); weight loss; postural changes; smoking cessation; treatment of constipation; treatment of chronic respiratory conditions; changes to physical work
Mechanical devices: vaginal pessaries; anal tampons; urethral plugs; pad and bed sheets; catheters; bags; artificial sphincters; sheaths
Rehabilitation: alternative types of nursing care; skin care; nursing home care
Investigations: pad tests; diaries; x-rays; urodynamics; assessment teams; ultrasound; ambulatory monitoring
Education: of clinical staff (e.g. CME, guidelines); of other lay carers; of patients
Sheila Wallace, Cochrane Incontinence Group
Tel: +44 (0)1224 438119