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Cochrane Iberoamerica International Mobility Programme

Skills: Data Extraction, Protocol Development, Question Formulation, Report Writing, Risk of Bias Assessment

Host Cochrane Group: Cochrane Iberoamerica (located in Barcelona, Spain=

Primary contact for host Group: Marta Roqué (mroque@santpau.cat)

Panel considering applications: Marta Roqué, trainer ; Xavier Bonfill, director ; Gerard Urrútia, co-director; Ivan Solà, information specialist

Focus of exchange: The centre has extensive experience in conduct of reviews and clinical guidelines, knowledge translation, scientific translation projects, and assessment of interventions for disinvestment. While most of the exchanges involve the conduct of Cochrane systematic reviews, other projects may be accepted within the centre focus.

Outputs: Specific outputs will be established based on the participant’s proposed project. It is expected that most projects will lead to a publication in a scientific journal, although other dissemination options will be considered in a case-by-case basis.

Evaluation: Successful completion of the programme will be assessed on the basis of participant’s attitude and satisfaction, achievement of expected objectives and outputs, and individual assessment by the participant mentor.

Associated clinical opportunities : The centre is located in a tertiary hospital. Clinical training opportunities may be discussed, but not warranted.

Financial support: There is no funding available

Practical support: Accommodation may be provided in a shared flat, at a reduced rate, depending on availability and dates

Training support: Senior staff at the centre will mentor the participants, through periodic meetings. Clinical, methodological, statistical and IS support will be available during the stay. Participants will get to know the different projects conducted at the centre, and will have the opportunity to become partially involved if they wish so. Participants will be able to attend any courses, workshops or sessions organized by the centre during the stay.

Duration of exchange: One to 3 months, depending on the project proposed

Suggested dates: 2020, specific dates to be agreed based on needs and availability

Location: Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona (Spain)

Ideal Applicant

Person specification : Participants should have a published Cochrane protocol, and have basic skills to conduct reviews (e.g. having completed Cochrane Interactive Learning, or similar). Participants are expected to be self-reliant and with good organisational skills. They will be expected to conduct independent work, with periodic mentorization by senior staff at the centre.

Language skills: proficiency in English or Spanish

Number of applicants: Maximum two in the same period.

Further notes for applicants: Researchers interested in this opportunity should submit an application with a project proposal for approval, including a calendar and a realistic proposal of tasks distribution. A template for the application can be downloaded from: https://help.cochrane.org/kb/article/97-cochrane-international-mobility-guidance-for-applicants/ The application should be sent to mroque@santpau.cat

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Questions & comments

Dear Dr. Roqué i Figuls, Hope my message is not inappropriate given that we're in the midst of a global health crisis. Taking into account the current travel restrictions, have you not considered the possibility of doing this collaboration/training remotely? I think systematic reviews/meta-analysis are an ideal field to apply distance learning nowadays. I've a medical degree and recently got my board certification in clinical neurology. In addition, I conduct clinical and research activities on a daily basis. Thanks in advance! Stay safe! Best, Guillermo