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information is retrieved from bibliographic databases, principally MEDLINE and EMBASE, and from other published and unpublished sources.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.