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. I want to join the cochrane group .

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

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