is an international, not-for-profit, 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 is named after the British epidemiologist Archie Cochrane.
The major product of Cochrane is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which is published as part of The Cochrane Library and as Cochrane Summaries.
Our reviews are mostly prepared by healthcare professionals who volunteer to work with one of the many Cochrane 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 activities of Cochrane are directed by a partly elected Governing Board and are supported by staff in the Cochrane Centres, Review Groups, Methods Groups and Fields/Networks around the world.