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Bahrain tops Cochrane league table in the middle east

Posted in Arabs and Arabic, Medicine, People / organisations by Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli on November 29, 2008

By October 2008 Bahrain’s Cochrane center had published 10 evidence-based medicine reviews, topping the output of Egypt (8), Pakistan (8), Iran (6) and Saudi Arabia (4). In fact, in the Middle East, only Israel has produced more reviews, with 24 published to date. But Cochrane Bahrain only started publishing in 2004 and with 4 reviews published this year to Israel’s 2 I have high hopes for the future.

Why is this important? Cochrane reviews themselves are important because they represent the medical profession’s consensus evaluation of what treatments work and what other treatments to avoid. Its authors look at all existing research for each disease and treatment. The output of this international body of clinical scientists improves patient care every day.

Bahrain’s performance is important because of what it says about the country’s integration with rigorous international scientific work. But its relative performance to that of its wealthier and larger neighbours is what impresses me the most. If you take reviews per capita, Bahrain manages to top even the output of Israel.

I hope that the Bahraini government increases its funding of Cochrane Bahrain, the only such center in the Arab world and one which is becoming a model for other centers around the world.

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  1. Zbys said, on December 1, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Mohammed thanks you for this blog. As you probably know attention to detail is a sine qua non for Cochrane people and therefore the total tally for Bahrain this year is 5 full reviews and three new protocols published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, this doesnt include the large number of reviews in which Bahraini or Bahrain based authors are co-authors and are therefore not ‘credited’ directly to our tally but nevertheless represent a significant contribution to the body of global research. I should also point out that a number of these reviews have been incorporated into the UKNHS CKS knowledge database and are de facto informing healthcare and healthcare policy decision making in the UK. Quite an achievement I would suggest.

  2. Zbys said, on December 1, 2008 at 3:41 am

    You may find it interesting to look more closely at the ‘Snap’ Cochrane Reviews and more specifically check the flags…You should be able to recognise one hopefully

  3. Zbys said, on November 2, 2009 at 7:09 am

    The total numbers are now 13 FULL COCHRANE REVIEWS, 2 PROTOCOLS & 6 REGISTERED TITLES AS AT ISSUE 4 October 2009

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