Monday, February 9, 2009

The Cochrane Library is now available through the library databases webpage.

About Cochrane

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane reviews represent the highest level of evidence on which to base clinical treatment decisions. In addition to Cochrane reviews, The Cochrane Library provides other sources of reliable information, from other systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials – all the current evidence in one single environment.

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organization, providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care. Our vision is that healthcare decision-making around the world will be informed by high-quality, timely research evidence, and that we will play a pivotal role in the production and dissemination of this evidence across all areas of health care.

Cochrane Groups

The Cochrane Collaboration assesses most areas of health care. To do this, it is divided into Cochrane Groups: Cochrane Review Groups, each of which concentrates on a specific healthcare area; Fields that draw together healthcare issues impacting on many review groups; a Consumer Network, that represents the interests of healthcare consumers; Methods Groups develop methodological techniques; Centres with geographic and linguistic responsibilities; and a Steering Group, which provides the policy- and decision-making body of the Collaboration, and this, in turn, is supported by the Secretariat.

Information on the topics that these groups cover, their methods, policies and authors, editors and more is updated regularly.

*If you’re off-campus, you must log in first to access this resource.