The 'Revista Diagnóstico e Tratamento’ (RDT, published by Associação Paulista de Medicina since 1996) is a quarterly Brazilian medical journal that aims to offer medical updated content based on the best scientific evidence. Its articles are indexed in the LILACS database and are freely available in digital format (http://associacaopaulistamedicina.org.br/atualizacao-medica/revista-rdt) and also in apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. This journal could be an effective tool for disseminating Cochrane Reviews, by means of a friendly text, among Brazilian health professionals who are not familiar with the methodology, or those who lack the language skills necessary for reading papers written in English.
To describe an initiative for making Cochrane Reviews more popular among students and health professionals in Brazil.
After a formal partnership between RDT and Cochrane was established in 2015, RDT has been publishing a section entitled 'Destaques Cochrane’ (Cochrane Highlights). The section is an initiative supported by Cochrane Brazil, and comprises production of a summary in Portuguese of abstracts from Cochrane Reviews under a specific theme to be published in the quarterly editions of RDT.
Since inception, the section has now addressed 11 different themes:
1) focused on a single intervention and its use in different clinical situations (platelet-rich plasma, botulinum toxin, statins, antibiotic prophylaxis in surgery and growth hormone); or
2) focused on management of a single clinical situation and different interventions available for it (osteoarthritis, melanoma, pediatric anesthesia, atrial fibrillation, enuresis, fibromyalgia).
The number of Cochrane abstracts presented in each article ranged from six (platelet-rich plasma and melanoma) to 27 (fibromyalgia).
This initiative seems to be a useful tool for disseminating Cochrane Reviews among non-English speaking native health professionals. This could also be replicated for other languages and further adapted for consumers through the translation of Plain language summaries
Patient or healthcare consumer involvement:
This initiative may improve dissemination, understanding and use of evidence provided by Cochrane Reviews.