Our health evidence - how can it help you
"Cochrane summarizes the findings so people making important decisions – you, your doctor, the people who write medical guidelines – can use unbiased information to make difficult choices without having to first read every study out there..."
Sifting the evidence, The Guardian, 14 September 2016
Cochrane produces systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and policy. Each Cochrane Review addresses a clearly formulated question; for example:
Can antibiotics help in alleviating the symptoms of a sore throat?
To answer this question, review authors search for and collate all the existing primary research on a topic that meets certain criteria; then they assess it using stringent guidelines, to establish whether or not there is conclusive evidence about a specific treatment. Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care and Cochrane publish them online in the Cochrane Library.
Cochrane asks the review authors to update Cochrane Reviews regularly to incorporate new research, so that you can base treatment decisions on the most up-to-date and reliable health evidence.