Cochrane Clinical Answers

Cochrane Clinical LibraryFrom the 1st May 2016 the National NHS Education for Scotland Cochrane Provision will include access to Cochrane Clinical Answers.

Cochrane Clinical Answers covers 32 Clinical Specialties and provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from the Cochrane Review. The evidence is displayed in a user friendly format, mixing narrative, numbers and graphics. The target audience for Cochrane Clinical Answers is healthcare practitioners and professionals, and other informed health care decision-makers. Cochrane Clinical Answers have been developed by Cochrane Innovations Ltd. and Wiley Online Library.

Access: via Wiley Online Library or via

You can download a navigational PowerPoint about how to use Cochrane Clinical Answers by clicking on this link. An electronic user guide is also included. If you would like additional guides in print please contact Rachel Wilkinson – email

If you are interested in a webinar covering the features of CCA then please email Tony Aburrow – at

For support and access queries please contact the Wiley Customer Care Team – email :


Scheduled maintenance 19th March : impact on the Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library logoWiley Online Library will be undergoing scheduled downtime, for maintenance, with direct impact on Cochrane Library users on 19th March starting at 11.00 am, UK time.

The downtime is expected to last for around 3 hours  (11:00 to 14:00).

Users of the Cochrane Library site may experience performance deterioration, with intermittent access issues for opening the search results and browse functionality.
A user may have one of three possible journeys during this maintenance period:

  1. A correctly resolved page return
  2.  A maintenance message
  3. A failed to load message

The maintenance is needed for various Wiley Online Library aspects of a Access & Licence Management project.

Wiley Online Library maintenance on Saturday 21st March

Cochrane Library logoWiley Online Library have scheduled maintenance on Saturday 21st March 2015 between 10:30 am – 6:30 pm to upgrade system hardware.

The Cochrane Library has changed

Cochrane Library logoThe Cochrane Library has recently been updated. The user experience has been improved and information can now be found with greater speed, accuracy and confidence.

The redesign includes:

  • A new URL
  • All pages optimised for smaller device screen sizes – 768 portrait tablet and 320 mobile
  • Open or Free Access Highlighted Reviews are indicated by the icons next to the reviews. Plus, if a review has been used as a Cochrane Clinical Answer (CCA) the Related clinical summary is displayed
  • Editorials now have the image, the title, the date published and a link to all previous editorials
  • Special collections now indicate whether they are Free, via Evidence Aid or complimentary. Plus, when they were last updated and published
  • Within the Collection, icons indicate free access and whether a link is directing to another site
  • The right side of the website is now populated with links to products or web pages that are of interest
  • A new Browse by Topic layout allows users to narrow a search while displaying results on the right of the page

For a comparison of the old and new design and advice on how to find the information you are searching for, read the Cochrane Library 2015 guide – a downloadable pdf file.

The Medical Library Team

Anywhere Systematic Review

cochrane-logoWiley has recently announced the launch of a new enhanced HTML format for systematic reviews in The Cochrane Library. In the new format, you’ll be able to view an article easily on the device of your choice, at your convenience.

What is Anywhere Systematic Review?

Anywhere Systematic Review focuses on improving the reading experience of articles on Wiley Online Library, in four simple ways:

Readability: superfluous information and clutter have been removed so that readers can focus on the article.
Navigation: the new layout and sidebar tray allow readers easy access to important information, such as references, at any point in the reading experience, without losing their place on the page.
Functionality: as well as viewing items such as figures, tables and references in context, readers can use new tools to browse through all these items in one place, and quickly navigate to their context in the article.
Mobility: the responsive HTML article will adapt to any device – desktop, tablet, or mobile – to give the optimal reading experience.

You can view an article in the new ‘Anywhere Article’ format wherever you see this link –

Find out more about the new Anywhere Systematic Review  features on the Cochran Library website.

Medical Library Team

New Cochrane Library searching interface

For the last year, Wiley worked with members of the Cochrane Collaboration, including a team of Trial Search Coordinators (TSCs), to update the Search functionality within The Cochrane Library. The team looked at ways to improve the current Search interface and introduced a series of design improvements and new features, geared at enhancing the search experience for both novice and experienced users of the Cochrane Library.

The first search enhancement release launched on September 15th.  The next releases are scheduled to launch in October and December of 2012.

For more information on the new search functionality follow this link

Please don’t hesitate to ask  our friendly library staff  for help. The Enquiry Desk at the Medical Library is open Monday-Friday, 9.00am -4.30pm.