What are Cochrane Reviews?

Page last updated: 14 January 2022

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 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.

Types of Cochrane Review

  • Intervention reviews assess the benefits and harms of interventions used in health care and health policy.
  • Diagnostic test accuracy reviews assess how well a diagnostic test performs in diagnosing and detecting a particular disease.
  • Methodology reviews address issues relevant to how systematic reviews and clinical trials are conducted and reported.
  • Qualitative reviews synthesize qualitative evidence to address questions on aspects of interventions other than effectiveness.
  • Prognosis reviews address the probable course or future outcome(s) of people with a health problem.

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What are Cochrane Reviews? by Sarah Chapman

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7 Comments on this post

  1. Did the covid vaccination cause illnesses Tingling in feet and legs

    Why has this question disappeared………maybe the answer is yes ………

    Rosemary Guest / Reply
  2. I want to join the cochrane group .

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

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

    Dimeke Chioma.C. / Reply

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