Winter pvd newsletter

PVD Group Newsletter
Welcome to the winter edition of the Peripheral Vascular Diseases New protocols published:
review group newsletter. In addition to the Editorial base update you will Percutaneous transluminal arterial angioplasty versus find details of our recently published reviews and protocols; information stenting for infrapopliteal arterial lesions in critical limb on Cochrane training opportunities, upcoming events including the Venous Forum and details of our most accessed and cited reviews in Lumber sympathectomy versus prostanoids for critical limb ischaemia due to non-reconstructable peripheral arterial We would like to introduce Cathryn Broderick who joined our team in August. We also welcome Fay Crawford, Francesca Chappell and Alina Andras who are busy implementing review writing in three of our Subintimal angioplasty for chronic lower limb arterial key areas: aortic abdominal aneurysm, venous thromboembolism and peripheral arterial disease. This is possible thanks to recent funding from NIHR, awarded jointly with Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS The publishers of The Cochrane Library, Wiley- Blackwell, have announced that the 2010 Impact Factor New reviews published by the PVD Group in The Cochrane of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is 6.186 - ranking the CDSR in the top 10 of the ISI category Medicine, General & Internal. Endovenous ablation (radiofrequency and laser) and foam sclerotherapy versus conventional surgery for great saphenous vein varices Angioplasty versus stenting for subclavian artery stenosis full text access of our reviews up by 7% since 2009. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the authors Compression stockings for the initial treatment of varicose veins in and referees who made this possible and to emphasise the importance of citing our reviews where appropriate in order to ensure our impact is maintained and improved. Antiplatelet agents for intermittent claudication Local intramuscular transplantation of autologous mononuclear cells for The most accessed PVD group review for 2010 was Elastic compression stockings for prevention of deep
vein thrombosis by Sachdeva, Dalton, Amaragiri and
Remote ischaemic preconditioning versus no remote ischaemic preconditioning for vascular and endovascular surgical procedures Sclerotherapy for lower limb telangiectasias The most cited review during both 2009 and 2010 was Cilostazol for peripheral arterial disease by Robless,
Statins for primary prevention of venous thromboembolism Mikhailidis and Stansby - congratulations to the authors! Are there any topics within the scope of the PVD group that PVD Editorial Base
you would like to see covered by a Cochrane systemic
Managing Editor - Marlene
review? If so we would love to know. Please contact the Can you help? Consumer opinions are critical to our Cochrane reviews. We are looking for consumer referees to help
us with reviewing protocols and reviews from a non-clinical perspective. Consumers can be patients, carers or people with an interest in peripheral vascular diseases. If you or someone you know would like to provide feedback on a review, please contact the editorial base for more information. The Editorial base sends a huge thanks to all those who have acted as Consumer Referees in th e past. Your input is greatly appreciated. Stats pointer - choosing between fixed versus random 17th Annual Meeting of UK and Ireland-based
effects when performing a meta-analysis? Moving from a Contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration
fixed to a random effects model if the test for heterogeneity is significant (i.e. a data driven decision) is strongly discouraged. When considering which type of analysis to use here is a paper that discusses the models Venous Forum Annual Spring Meeting
in bit more detail than the section on the handbook:
Conference Theme: Venous Thromboembolism
Michael Borenstein et al. A basic introduction to fixed-
The Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK effect and random-effects models for meta-analysis.
A two day conference promoting a multidisciplinary approach Research Synthesis Methods 2010;1:97-111. to the management of venous disease. Highlights include: In this paper the authors explain the key assumptions of Epidemiology of VTE, risk factors and sequelae; management each model and outline the differences between the and treatment of VTE; thrombosis mechanisms; new drugs; models. They conclude with a discussion of factors to cancer and VTE; pregnancy and VTE; venous thrombosis in consider when choosing between the two models. the paediatric patient. Email to register The latest version of Rev Man - version 5.1 - was updated earlier in the year. Please ensure you are Workshops and online training are available to all working from this version. You will be prompted to install Cochrane review authors. Details can be found at Please contact our editorial base if you require an ARCHIE user account. If you are new to writing a Cochrane review consider attending one or more of The Circulation Foundation has been working hard the workshops detailed below. They will help you on your way to increase public knowledge of vascular disease and is holding a National Awareness Week from 19th to 23rd of Beginning a Systematic Review Protocol
March 2012. Visit for The Methods Section of the Protocol
The Cochrane PVD group wish you all a very peaceful
Analysis Methods for Systematic Reviews
Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
Advanced Topics in the Analysis and Reporting of
Systematic Reviews
Systematic Reviews in Medicine
Freiburg, Germany: 22nd to 24th March 2012 For more details and more courses please visit:


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