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The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of more than 37,000 dedicated contributors from over 130 countries, working together to prepare, update, and promote Cochrane Reviews – systematic reviews on interventions for preventing and treating a wide range of health and medical conditions. The Cochrane Collaboration is a non-profit, non-government organisation established to promote evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesised research evidence, which it publishes in the Cochrane Library.
Cochrane reviews are aimed at transferring research outcomes into improved knowledge, better health systems, and improved treatments for individuals and their families.
Cochrane reviews are well regarded globally, particularly for their methodological rigor. Their work has led to methodological improvements in health research. Criticisms aimed at Cochrane Reviews have included concerns over frequency of update of reviews, an excessively high percentage of non-conclusive reviews and a high incidence of honorary authorships. Others have noted difficulty in publishing articles that run against pre-conceived opinions of internal subject matter experts.
Further information on the Cochrane Collaboration can be found on the Collaboration’s website at: www.cochrane.org