Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is produced by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international, independent, not-for-profit organisation of over 27,000 contributors from more than 100 countries, and offers high quality, independent evidence for healthcare decision making.  
The Cochrane Library comprises:
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews of Effectiveness (CDSR): All of the reviews in the CDSR have been undertaken by a review group of the Cochrane Collaboration. Each one addresses a clearly formulated research question on the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in a healthcare setting.
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): DARE provides quality-assessed summaries of reviews that have not yet been carried out by the Cochrane Collaboration.
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Clinical Trials (CENTRAL):  Provides the bibliographic details and, in many cases, summaries of published articles. This information is retrieved from bibliographic databases, principally MEDLINE and EMBASE, and from other published and unpublished sources.
  • Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR): A bibliography of publications that report on controlled trial methodologies, including journal articles, books and conference proceedings. Its content is drawn from MEDLINE and the hand searching of journals.
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA) database: HTAs are studies of the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of healthcare interventions, which aim to improve the overall quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. The HTA database brings together details of HTAs, both completed and in progress, from across the world.
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED): The NHS EED systematically identifies economic evaluations from around the world and appraises them for quality. Where there are finite healthcare resources, the EED can assist evidence-based decision making by providing information about the merits and cost-effectiveness of a range of competing interventions.
The Cochrane Library also contains information on the many review groups that make up the Cochrane Collaboration.


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Data Creator: 
The Cochrane Collaboration

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Data Access: 
Free access in Scotland is funded by NHS Education for Scotland.