Cochrane is an international, independent, not-for-profit organization of over 28,000 contributors from more than 100 countries, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care readily available worldwide. Our contributors work together to produce systematic reviews of healthcare interventions, known as Cochrane Reviews, which are published online in The Cochrane Library. Cochrane Reviews are intended to help providers, practitioners and patients make informed decisions about health care, and are the most comprehensive, reliable and relevant source of evidence on which to base these decisions.

The authors who prepare the reviews are mostly healthcare professionals who volunteer to work with one of the many Cochrane Review 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 an elected Steering Group and are supported by staff in Cochrane Entities (Centres, Review Groups, Methods Groups, Fields/Networks) around the world.

Further reading:

  • Newcomers' Guide - about Cochrane and getting involved
  • Impact of Cochrane evidence
  • Read about Cochrane's planning in the context of a changing landscape in global health care. The Strategy to 2020 defines the organisation’s direction for the next six years and provides the framework for strategic decision making.

Read more about Cochrane:

  • Training resources - including handbooks, PowerPoint presentations, and more

Cochrane Collaboration publications:

Our primary product is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), published in The Cochrane Library. In addition, we maintain the following publications for public reference: