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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.
Find out more
- 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 five learning modules, designed to give anyone an introduction to evidence and systematic reviews.
- You can also access more learning materials, and information about learning events such as workshops and webinars, on the Cochrane Training website
- Read the story of the Cochrane logo.