Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library

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The Cochrane Library is the main product of Cochrane. It is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

It is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care. The CDSR includes Cochrane Reviews (the systematic reviews) and protocols for Cochrane Reviews as well as editorials. The CDSR also has occasional supplements. The CDSR is updated regularly as Cochrane Reviews are published ‘when ready’ and form monthly issues.

A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question.

It is possible to browse by topic or by review group, and to freely read the abstracts.

It is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials.

It is a bibliography of publications that report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books, and conference proceedings, and the content is sourced from MEDLINE and hand searches. CMR contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies that could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews.

It is the only database to contain abstracts of systematic reviews that have been quality-assessed. Each abstract includes a summary of the review together with a critical commentary about the overall quality.

It brings together details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of healthcare interventions) from around the world. The aim of the HTA Database is to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

Supporta i decisori, individuando sistematicamente valutazioni economiche da tutto il mondo, valutandone la qualità e mettendone in evidenza i punti di forza e di debolezza.

It contains information on the Cochrane groups within Cochrane. The database includes contacts and information on the aims and scope of the Cochrane Review Groups, Methods Groups, Fields and Networks, along with information about Cochrane Centres and the Cochrane Editorial Unit.

Here you can find the information on how to access the Cochrane Library.