Australian Top 5s: Cochrane Library 2016 Year in Review

The annual list of top 5 Cochrane Reviews and podcasts downloaded by Australians in 2016 offers an interesting national snapshot of diverse research areas.

Exercise for back pain by Sydney-based authors Bruno Saragiotto, Christopher Maher, Tiê Yamato and colleagues topped the most downloaded new review charts both here in Australia and internationally. Australian author Brigid Hickey also made an appearance in the local top 5 listings, with her popular podcast on fraction size in radiation therapy for breast cancer coming in at number four.

Comparatively, this year’s list suggests Australian Library users share various interests with global Library users, including reducing sitting at work, preventing self-harm in adults and exploring the beneficial properties of Vitamin D. While 2015’s best-of list featured a high number of non-pharmacological interventions, such pilates for back pain, music for mechanically ventilated patients and dance therapy for depression, the 2106 list sees a greater mix of non-pharmacological and clinical interventions.

> Top 5 New Cochrane Reviews in 2016

1  Motor control exercise for chronic non-specific low-back

2   Vitamin D for the management of asthma

3  Surgical versus conservative interventions for treating anterior cruciate ligament injuries

4  Psychosocial interventions for self-harm in adults

Anticoagulants (extended duration) for prevention of venous thromboembolism following total hip or knee replacement or hip fracture repair

> Top 5 Updated Cochrane Reviews in 2016

1   Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women

2   Workplace interventions for reducing sitting at work

3   Discharge planning from hospital

4   Aquatic exercise for the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis

5   Surgical hand antisepsis to reduce surgical site infection 

> Top 5 Cochrane Library Podcasts in 2016

1   Techniques for assisting difficult caesarean section 

2   Opioid maintenance medicines for the treatment of dependence on opioid pain medicine

3   Fluoride mouthrinses for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents

4   Fraction size in radiation therapy for breast conservation in early breast cancer

5   Vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy