Cochrane Fertility Regulation group established at OHSU

A new Cochrane review group for fertility regulation is being established at OHSU. The Fertility Regulation Group is charged with assessing the best available evidence on fertility regulation, family size and birth spacing in order to support evidence-based health care decision-making. This is only the second Cochrane Library review group to be based in the U.S.

Jeanne-Marie Guise, M.D., M.P.H., will lead the group as coordinating editor. Guise, a clinician-scientist, is director of the Oregon Institute for Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness, associate director of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, and director of the Comprehensive Comparative Effectiveness Research Center. As an R01-funded researcher, she focuses on filling research gaps identified in evidence reviews and, as a clinician, she conducts evidence reviews that are relevant, reliable and actionable to improve health care delivery and the health of the public.

Alison Edelman, M.D., M.P.H., professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine will serve as deputy editor of the Fertility Regulation Group, and Maria Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, will serve as author. Robin Paynter, M.L.I.S., will be Cochrane information specialist and Makalapua L. Motu’apuaka will act as managing editor.

Cochrane is recognized worldwide as a primary source of systematic reviews and evidence in health care. Review groups provide methodologic and editorial support for the reviews that populate the Cochrane Library. The fertility regulation review group was first started in 1997 to address the information people need to regulate their fertility, family size and spacing of births.