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Cochrane Library

High-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

What is the Cochrane Library?

The Cochrane Library consists of three sections: the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Cochrane Clinical Answers. 

  • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.
    • You can also search for Protocols - Systematic Reviews currently in process. ​
  • The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials. CENTRAL includes sources from the following resources in the following order of precedence: (1) MEDLINE, (2) EMBASE, (3) handsearch results and (4) Specialised Registers." 
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers.(CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision-making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals, our target audience

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