The Cochrane Library, published and hosted by Wiley InterScience, is a collection of six databases in medicine and other healthcare specialities that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research.
A seventh database in the Cochrane Library provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.
The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,000 so far, published online in the Cochrane Library.
Cochrane Reviews are unique because they are both produced by, and are relevant to, everyone interested in the effects of health care. Contributors are a mix of volunteers and paid staff who are affiliated to the organisation through Cochrane: healthcare subject-related review groups, thematic Networks – called ‘fields’ – groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centers. Many are world leaders in their field of medicine, health policy, research methodology or consumer advocacy, and our entities are situated in some of the world’s best academic and medical institutions.
The Cochrane Library consists of the following databases:
- The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane Reviews)
- The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
- The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
- The Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews (Methodology Reviews)
- The Cochrane Methodology Register (Methodology Register)
- Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
- NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)