Cochrane Library: Find High Quality Evidence With May's Resource of the Month

May 1, 2014 - The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.

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  • Cochrane Database  of Systematic Reviews - “The CDSR includes all Cochrane Reviews (and protocols) prepared by Cochrane Review Groups in The Cochrane Collaboration. Each Cochrane Review is a peer-reviewed systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team) in The Cochrane Collaboration”. The reviews are continuously updated as new data becomes available. All Systematic Reviews are indexed in MEDLINE.
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials - “This database includes details of published articles taken from bibliographic databases (notably MEDLINE and EMBASE), and other published and unpublished sources. The records include the title of the article, information on where it was published (bibliographic details) and, in many cases, a summary of the article. They do not contain the full text of the article.”
  • Cochrane Methodology Register - CMR is a bibliography of publications that report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books, and conference proceedings, and the content is sourced from MEDLINE and hand searches. CMR contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies that could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews. CMR records contain the title of the article, information on where it was published (bibliographic details), and, in some cases, a summary of the article. They do not contain the full text of the article. The CMR is not currently being updated and it’s status is under review.
  • Database of Abstracts of Review of Effects (DARE) - DARE is the only database to contain abstracts of systematic reviews that have been quality-assessed. Each abstract includes a summary of the review together with a critical commentary about the overall quality.
    • “DARE is a key resource for busy decision-makers and can be used for answering questions about the effects of specific interventions, whether such questions arise from practice or when making policy. DARE covers a broad range of health related interventions and thousands of abstracts of reviews in fields as diverse as diagnostic tests, public health, health promotion, pharmacology, surgery, psychology, and the organization and delivery of health care.”
  • Health Technology Assessment Database - The HTA brings together details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of healthcare interventions) from around the world. The aim of the HTA Database is to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database - The EED provides information about both costs and effects are essential to making evidence-based decisions about competing healthcare interventions.  The EED assists decision-makers by systematically identifying economic evaluations from around the world, appraising their quality, and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses.
  • The Cochrane Collaboration Database - Here you will find information on the 81 Cochrane Groups, including contacts and information on the aims and scope of the Cochrane Review Groups, Methods Groups, Fields, and Networks, along with details of your nearest Cochrane Centre as well as the Cochrane Editorial Unit and the Cochrane Operational Unit.