The Cochrane Library is an evidence-based medicine resource that summarizes results of high-quality medical research to support health care decision-making.
The collection consists of 6 databases:
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) This is the primary output of The Cochrane Collaboration. Each Cochrane Review identifies an intervention for a specific disease (or other problem in health care) and determines whether or not this intervention works by summarizing the results of research gathered from randomized controlled trials
- Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL). This database includes details of published trials taken from bibliographic databases and other published resources. CENTRAL includes the title of the article, information on where it was published and, in many cases, the abstract.
- Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR) A bibliography of publications that report on methods used when conducting controlled trials, studies of methods used in reviews, and more general methodological studies which could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews. Records include journal articles, books and conference proceedings.
- Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) is a unique database, containing abstracts of systematic reviews that have been quality assessed. Each abstract includes a summary of the review together with a critical commentary about the overall quality. DARE contains more than 19,000 such abstracts. Produced by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) in York, UK.
- Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
Details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of healthcare interventions) from around the world. Produced by the CRD in York, UK
- NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED) Economic evaluations from around the world, evaluated for quality and highlighting relative strengths and weaknesses of each study. Produced by the CRD in York, UK.