Cochrane and BMJ team up for better information for physicians

The Cochrane Collaboration is a well-respected, independent, international producer of systematic reviews on health care and policy, that can be relied upon for validity and relevance to clinical practice.  Cochrane systematic reviews are detailed and can be rather time consuming to read fully. Cochrane Clinical Answers distill Cochrane content into a more digestible format: a clinical question, a short answer, and links to the relevant full reviews. The intent is to provide “a user friendly format, mixing narrative, numbers and graphics” for health care practitioners and other health-care decision-makers. 

Currently, 132 topics in BMJ Best Practice are integrated with Cochrane Clinical Answers content and another 100 topics will be integrated by the end of June. The integration work will continue through the end of 2017. See below for an example of Cochrane Clinical Answers integrated into the Management Approach section of the BMJ Best Practice module on sepsis in adults:

The “Show me the answer” link in the screenshot above links to the Cochrane Clinical Answer. Explore other examples of Cochrane Clinical Answers by searching any of these diseases in Best Practice and selecting Evidence in the Management section:

  • COPD
  • ST-elevation myocardial infarction
  • Acute atrial fibrillation
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Acute abdomen (Assessment of)
  • Asthma in adults
  • Type 2 diabetes in adults

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