Cochrane CollaborationJoe Segen2016-12-12T11:04:14+00:00
A UK-based international organisation/initiative* by researchers, medical practitioners, and patients/consumers which prepares, maintains, and disseminates systematic reviews of the effects of health care, which are published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and maintained in The Cochrane Library. The Collaboration began in 1993 and now forms the basis for evidence-based medical practice.
*Inspired by late British epidemiologist, Archie Cochrane; with the regular reporting of these reviews and meta-analyses, it is hoped that researchers will have an organic Rosetta Stone that synthesizes the latest information about every possible treatment or intervention, and give its implications for practice and research. The Cochrane Collaboration is being coordinated in 10 centres worldwide, and carried out by thousands of volunteers who search the world medical literature on randomised control trials, and together with all the unpublished trials that can be located, publish the findings in an electronic form.
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