We are an entity of Cochrane, an international not-for-profit and independent organisation, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions. Cochrane was founded in 1993 and named for the British epidemiologist, Archie Cochrane.
The major product of the collaboration is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which is published quarterly as part of the Cochrane Library. Those who prepare the reviews are mostly health care professionals who volunteer to work in one of the many Cochrane Review Groups, with editorial teams overseeing the preparation and maintenance of the reviews, as well as application of the rigorous quality standards for which Cochrane Reviews have become known.
The work of Cochrane Review Groups, Methods Groups, Fields, and the Consumer Network is facilitated in a variety of ways by the work of 14 Cochrane Centres around the world (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Nordic States, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, South Asia, Spain, UK, and the USA). They share responsibility for helping to co-ordinate and support members of Cochrane in areas such as training, and they promote the objectives of Cochrane at national level.
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