Useful Contacts

American Dietetic Association

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000

Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Tel: 312/899 0040

Web site: http://www.eatright.org/

British Dietetic Association

5th Floor, Charles House 148/9 Great Charles Street Queensway

Birmingham B3 3HT, U.K. Tel: +44 (0) 121 200 8080 Fax: +44 (0) 121 200 8081 Email: [email protected] Web site: http://www.bda.uk.com/

Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration developed in response to Archie Cochrane's call for systematic, up-to-date reviews of all relevant randomised clinical trials of healthcare. Cochrane's suggestion that the methods used to prepare and maintain reviews of controlled trials in pregnancy and childbirth should be applied more widely was taken up by the Research and Development Programme initiated to support the United Kingdom's National Health Service. Funds were provided to establish a Cochrane Centre to collaborate with other organizations in the U.K. and elsewhere to facilitate systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials across all areas of healthcare. For more information about the Cochrane Collaboration see http://www.cochrane.org/. The sections of the Cochrane Collaboration that relate most specifically to cardiovascular disease include:

• Cochrane Heart Group http://www.epi.bris.ac.uk/cochrane/heart.htm

• Cochrane Hypertension Group http://www.epi.bris.ac.uk/cochrane/htn/htn.html

• Cochrane Peripheral Vascular Diseases Group http://www.link.med.ed.ac.uk/pvd/

• Cochrane Stroke Group http://www.dcn.ed.ac.uk/csrg/

Cochrane Library

Information about the Cochrane Library and access to it can be found at http://www.update-software.com/Cochrane/default.HTM or navigate there from the main Cochrane Collaboration site at http://www.cochrane.org/ by clicking on the Cochrane Library logo.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)

CASP provides training and resources for critical appraisal and has very good downloadable critical appraisal checklists for a variety of study types (including randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews). Its Web site URL is http://www.phru.org.uk/~casp/casp.htm

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