#1880abstracts CAFE project

CAFÉ = Communication Access Framework and Evidence. This Cochrane working group is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Queensland and La Trobe University.

#1880abstracts is used to tag tweets on abstracts that might be of interest to people interested in ‘healthcare communication’ between patients vulnerable to communication difficulties and their health providers.


We started by searching CENTRAL and found 9635 potentially relevant studies that were excluded on Not in English, Duplicates, Exclude on Title, Exclude on Title & Abstract, and now we are up to Exclude on Full Text. At the end of this, we will have our GEMS!!

Here is more about our presentation at the 19th Cochrane Colloquium in October:

Title: Cochrane CENTRAL & CAFÉ (Communication Access Framework and Evidence): Locating intervention studies on clinical communication for communicatively vulnerable populations.

Authors: Dr. Bronwyn Hemsley, Ms. Elizabeth Worrall, Mr. John Kis-Rigo, Dr. Robyn O’Halloran, and Dr. Sophie Hill

Project Leader: Bronwyn Hemsley, The University of Queensland

CAFE Working Group leader: Sophie Hill, Head, Centre for Health Communication and Participation. Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, La Trobe University,

Objectives: To find relevant studies within CENTRAL for prioritizing future systematic reviews on interventions improving communication for communicatively vulnerable populations in clinical settings.

Method: The authors developed a conceptual framework on communicative vulnerability in clinical settings and used it to build a list of search terms to search CENTRAL. We then located potentially relevant studies within CENTRAL on interventions for improving health communication; and excluded irrelevant studies from the search results to arrive at a group of relevant studies for prioritizing future systematic reviews. Selection criteria were developed to screen results combining intervention and outcome.

Results: The inclusion criteria were that the study described an intervention related to health communication between patient and provider in a clinical setting; and reported a health or communication outcome, based on the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group’s taxonomy of outcomes. We searched CENTRAL (21 December 2010) and retrieved 9635 potentially relevant studies. We conducted an initial screening on all citations at May 2011, and excluded 7835 on title and/or abstract. Final screening will be done on the full text for 1880 studies.



To have a look at the CENTRAL register of controlled trials, go to the Cochrane Library site which is here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/o/cochrane/cochrane_clcentral_articles_fs.html

More about my research … where to find it on the net

Research needs to be disseminated to have any impact at all –

UQresearchers: Here is my site –


You can search for any UQ researcher at the UQresearchers website – it is very handy for finding collaborators and Postgraduate Research Supervisors!

RESEARCHER ID: The ResearcherID website is a site for any researcher to sign up – it pulls in citations from Web of Science only, so it might not reflect the full portfolio of any researcher. The neat thing is that if you are studying a topic, you can put in the researcher, look at their profile, and also see who they collaborate with, to expand your network for searching further.

Here is my ResearcherID profile, but you can search for any signed-up researcher on the site:


GOOGLE SCHOLAR: You can find information about my research by going to google scholar and searching for Bronwyn Hemsley – here is the link: http://scholar.google.com.au/

Communication During Hospitalisation: The Path To Better Health Care

Program of Research: The NHMRC fund my research program “Communication During Hospitalisation: The Path To Better Health Care.” This is a 4 year project and involves several sub-projects including adults with developmental disability, people with cerebral palsy and/or intellectual disability, family and paid carers, and hospital staff. The program has recently expanded to include children with cerebral palsy, and adults with acquired communication disabilities. We are investigating barriers to and strategies for better communication between staff and patients who do not speak, and those who rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies, such as boards, books, and speech devices, speech interpreters, and other methods of non-verbal communication. Improving direct communication between patients with no speech and hospital staff will reduce the risk and incidence of patient safety incidents, improve hospital experiences, and improve care. Outcomes of the research are published as the project proceeds and are available for reading and citation by contacting me or viewing my ResearcherID profile.