What are Cochrane Reviews?

Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting. They are published online in The Cochrane Library.

Each systematic review addresses a clearly formulated question; for example: Can antibiotics help in alleviating the symptoms of a sore throat? All the existing primary research on a topic that meets certain criteria is searched for and collated, and then assessed using stringent guidelines, to establish whether or not there is conclusive evidence about a specific treatment. The reviews are updated regularly, ensuring that treatment decisions can be based on the most up-to-date and reliable evidence.

Find out more

New online learning is now freely available to anyone who is interested in an introduction to evidence-based health care, Cochrane evidence and how to use it. Written from the perspective of a healthcare consumer and co-created with patients and carers, there are four learning modules, designed to give anyone an introduction to evidence and systematic reviews: https://training.cochrane.org/essentials

You can also access more learning materials, and information about learning events such as workshops and webinars, on the Cochrane Training website: https://training.cochrane.org/training.cochrane.org

The story of the Cochrane logo can be found here.

Page last updated: 13 August 2013.

What are Cochrane Reviews? by Sarah Chapman

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6 Comments on this post

  1. […] Cochrane reviews are widely recognised as one of the strongest types of research reviews in healthcare, sifting through and making sense of all of the scientific evidence on any given topic. […]

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  3. I would like to be a part of the cochrane group for the latest updation of the information in the healthcare sector

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  4. i would like to join cochrane group and always be updated with information on health and medicals

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