About us

1.    What does Cochrane do?

Cochrane exists so that healthcare decisions get better. During the past 20 years, Cochrane has helped, through systematic reviews, to transform the way health decisions are made.

Cochrane gathers and summarizes the best evidence from research to help you make informed choices about treatment.

Cochrane contributors from more than 120 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields: medicine, health policy, research methodology, or consumer advocacy. Cochrane's contributors are affiliated to the organization through Cochrane groups: healthcare subject-related review groups, thematic networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centres.


2.    Who is Cochrane for?

Cochrane is for anyone who is interested in using high-quality information to make health decisions. Whether you are a doctor or nurse, patient or carer, researcher or funder, Cochrane evidence provides a powerful tool to enhance your healthcare knowledge and decision making.

Everyone has a role to play so please get involved.

The need for Cochrane's work is even greater than it was when it started 20 years ago. As access to health evidence increases, so do the risks of misinterpreting complex content; meanwhile the likelihood of any one person getting a complete and balanced picture decreases. Cochrane’s mission to provide accessible, credible information to support informed decision-making has never been more important or useful for improving global health.

 3.    Who is Cochrane Switzerland?

Cochrane Switzerland was established in 2010, building on the work of the French speaking Cochrane network (Réseau Francophone Cochrane), which Switzerland led since 2004.  With this new set-up the activities were extended to the whole of Switzerland in three national languages. 

Cochrane Switzerland is based at the Institut universitaire de médecine sociale et préventive (IUMSP) in Lausanne. The IUMSP is part of the University hospital (CHUV) and of the University of Lausanne (UNIL). We actively contribute to the Cochrane Public Health Europe group, as well as to the  Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care group (EPOC).

We work in collaboration with the three Cochrane centres based in our neighbouring countries, France, Germany, Italy, as well as with Cochrane Austria.