What are Cochrane reviews and where can they be found?

Registrants with library privileges have free access to all Cochrane reviews through the College library.  Since the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews can be classified as either a database or a journal, it may be accessed through several library webpages:

  • Databases – click Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews or Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Reviews (a collection of evidence-based databases including Cochrane reviews and the research appraised to develop the Cochrane reviews)
  • Books and Journals – click eJournals and search for “Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews”

What is Cochrane and why are its reviews important in evidence-based practice? The Cochrane Collaboration is a non-profit global network of researchers who create systematic reviews and meta-analyses on important questions in health care. The rigor of the Cochrane review methodology has set the standard for creating systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Cochrane does not accept commercial or conflicted funding, adding unbiased reliability to their research. Locating a Cochrane review on a topic of interest ensures the user that they have found authoritative research that is worthy of consideration to change or confirm a practice.

Free access to Cochrane reviews is possible for registrants through the College's membership in the Electronic Health Library of British Columbia, a consortium of health libraries dedicated to ensuring a level playing field for high-quality health information access for BC researchers, students, and health professionals.