2019 has been a busy year for Cochrane Incontinence, with the publication of a number of new and updated reviews, and protocols.
- Yoga for treating urinary incontinence in women (includes 2 studies with 49 women)
- Conservative interventions for treating functional daytime urinary incontinence in children (includes 27 studies involving 1803 children).
- Interventions for treating urinary incontinence after stroke in adults (a further 11 studies were identified for this review, resulting in a total of 20 included studies involving 1338 people).
- Interventions for treating recurrent stress urinary incontinence after failed minimally invasive synthetic midurethral tape surgery in women (contains one new included study and a brief economic commentary).
- Laparoscopic colposuspension for urinary incontinence in women (contains five new studies, bringing the total number to 26 included trials involving 2271 women. The brief economic commentary for this review was also updated).
- Alpha blockers for treating functional daytime urinary incontinence in women – this upcoming review is a sister review for the ‘Conservative interventions for treating functional daytime urinary incontinence’ review.
- Interventions for treating people with symptoms of bladder pain syndrome: a network-meta analysis – this will be Cochrane Incontinence’s first network meta-analysis and is expected to be published during 2020
We also registered a number of new titles in a wide variety of fields, from bladder training for overactive bladder in adults to lifestyle or physiological interventions for treating nocturia and vaginal lasers for treating stress urinary incontinence. Protocols of these titles are expected to be published across 2020.
2019 was a big year for Cochrane Incontinence beyond publications too. Working alongside the EPPI-Centre, we won a grant from the Cochrane Innovation Fund for the project ‘Using Microsoft Academic Graph and automation tools to establish and maintain new CRG Specialised Registers of Economic Evaluations’. This aims to make incorporating economic evidence into Cochrane intervention reviews more efficient by reducing identification workload for both CRG staff and review authors. On the topic of searching, our Information Specialist was also interviewed about how she gets the most out of the TaskExchange platform as part of the TaskExchange Champs series.
Throughout 2019, a number of people joined us to work on a variety of projects.
- A review author joined us at our editorial base at Newcastle University, UK to complete a Fellowship looking at the economic evaluation of group-based versus individual pelvic floor physiotherapy for urinary incontinence in older women. This project subsequently won the Best Clinical Abstract Prize at ICS 2019.
- We also had the pleasure of working with a summer intern, who not only gained an insight into Cochrane in her six weeks with us but also provided invaluable help for our project to look at economic evaluations and evidence gap mapping.
- We have been working with a Cochrane UK-based Fellow to update the ‘Single incision sling operations for urinary incontinence in women’ review. The review is on schedule to be published in 2020.
We are also looking forward to continuing our relationships with all review authors and contributors who are currently working on projects with us!
2020 looks set to be another exciting year, where not only will we be continuing to produce high-quality systematic reviews and protocols but we’ll also be embarking on a priority-setting exercise surrounding faecal incontinence.
We wish everyone a peaceful and enjoyable festive period!