Cochrane is an international non-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. Visit Cochrane Website
Our vision is a world of improved health where decisions about health and health care are informed by high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence.
Our mission is to promote evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.
Our work is internationally recognized as the benchmark for high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care.
Cochrane's work is based on ten key principles:
|1||Collaboration||by fostering global co-operation, teamwork, and open and transparent communication and decision-making.|
|2||Building on the enthusiasm of individuals||by involving, supporting and training people of different skills and backgrounds.|
|3||Avoiding duplication of effort||by good management, co-ordination and effective internal communications to maximize economy of effort.|
|4||Minimizing bias||through a variety of approaches such as scientific rigour, ensuring broad participation, and avoiding conflicts of interest.|
|5||Keeping up-to-date||by a commitment to ensure that Cochrane Systematic Reviews are maintained through identification and incorporation of new evidence.|
|6||Striving for relevance||by promoting the assessment of health questions using outcomes that matter to people making choices in health and health care.|
|7||Promoting access||by wide dissemination of our outputs, taking advantage of strategic alliances, and by promoting appropriate access models and delivery solutions to meet the needs of users worldwide.|
|8||Ensuring quality||by applying advances in methodology, developing systems for quality improvement, and being open and responsive to criticism.|
|9||Continuity||by ensuring that responsibility for reviews, editorial processes, and key functions is maintained and renewed.|
|10||Enabling wide participation||in our work by reducing barriers to contributing and by encouraging diversity.|