Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library 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.

  1. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care. Each Cochrane Review is a peer-reviewed, systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by an editorial team.
  2. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials.(No full text).
  3. The Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR) is a bibliography of publications that report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials.
  4. The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) contains 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. DARE complements the CDSR by quality-assessing and summarizing reviews that have not yet been carried out by Cochrane.
  5. The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database 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.
  6. The NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED) assists decision-makers by systematically identifying economic evaluations from around the world, appraising their quality, and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses.
  7. The About The Cochrane Collaboration 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.

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