About Cochrane

 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 many 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: healthcare, health policy, research methodology, or consumer advocacy. Cochrane's contributors are affiliated to the organization through Cochrane groups: healthcare subject-related review groups, thematic fields and networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and geographic groups (regional  centers).


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 at the begin of the early 1990s. 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.