Cochrane reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care & health policy.
Each systematic review addresses a clearly formulated question, e.g., Is telemonitoring effective for heart failure patients? All the existing primary research on a topic that meets certain criteria is searched for, collated, & assessed using stringent guidelines to establish whether or not there is conclusive evidence about a specific intervention.
Search for Cochrane Reviews using any of these databases: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Ovid), Medline (Ovid), PubMed, or CINAHL. Links to the full-text of the reviews are provided in these databases.
- Cochrane Reviews are recognized internationally as having the highest standard for evidence-based information.
- Reviews are updated regularly.
- Cochrane Reviews are helpful if you can find your topic. Not every topic is covered.
- When searching the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews directly through the OVID system, you will need to do a field search [e.g., search by title words or abstract words] since this database doesn't have subject headings.
- Be aware of British vs. American spellings. Example: anesthesia (American) vs. anaesthesia (British)