Cochrane Library: Search for systematic reviews, protocols, trials and clinical answers 

What is the Cochrane Library?

A collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

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Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews this is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a database of randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials (RCTs), including those that have been completed and published. If the trial has been published the database won’t contain the full text of the article, you can search the title of the article on the library homepage (select the Journal Articles button) to find it. The database is updated monthly.

Cochrane Clinical Answers uses a Q&A format and contains specific clinical questions and short answers that applies evidence from Cochrane reviews.

When would I use the Cochrane Library?

Use it when looking for the best evidence on the effectiveness of treatment and health promotion interventions. For example:

  • What is the effectiveness of treatment x?
  • What is the effectiveness of treatment x in condition y?
  • Is treatment x better than treatment z?

How do I access the Cochrane Library?

It’s free to access, so you can access via any search engine.

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