Cochrane Collaboration:  Evidence-based Healthcare

January 2011 In January 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) awarded The Cochrane Collaboration status as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in official relations with the WHO at the WHO's executive board meeting, establishing a partnership with formalised communication between the two organisations.

July 2010 Email from the UK This message is to share some good news about the importance of systematic reviews, which is also an example of the impact that the work inside in The Cochrane Collaboration can have on healthcare research, beyond our contribution to knowledge about the effects of interventions.

Today, the Lancet have announced that they will ask authors of all research reports submitted after August 1 2010 to put their work into the context of what has gone before, by either reporting their own, up-to-date systematic review or citing a recent systematic review done by others. The editorial is available here (see below if the hyperlink does not work). This is important recognition of systematic reviews as a key element in understanding the findings from all new research.

The Lancet's decision was influenced by work done over the last twelve years at the UK Cochrane Centre, together with Iain Chalmers of the James Lind Library. Our latest findings are also published in the Lancet today and available here (see below also). These show that most reports of randomised trials continue to provide readers with inadequate information on other relevant research. We hope that the Lancet policy will improve things and will lead to even greater prominence of systematic reviews across the research literature.

Mike Clarke and Sally Hopewell, UK Cochrane Centre

"The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world’s best medical research studies, and are recognised as the gold standard in evidence-based healthcare".

CUE (Ann Fonfa, president of Annie Appleseed Project is a member of this group:

Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare's mission is to promote the health of populations and the quality of individual healthcare by:

Empowering consumers, public health policy makers, and healthcare providers to make informed decisions based on the best current evidence through research, education, and advocacy.

CUE members:

Obtain training about critical appraisal, EBHC, and the Cochrane Collaboration;

Participate in CUE projects and initiatives;

Attend annual CUE meetings;

Educate their constituencies about critical appraisal and EBHC;

Provide consumer input into the Cochrane Collaboration’s systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. This video was produced at the Sao Paulo, Brazil Cochrane Colloquium where so many consumers were represented - many meeting each other for the first time. Ann Fonfa, founder of The Annie Appleseed Project can be heard (and seen) speaking about her poster on Evidence Gaps as well as CAM.

Cochrane Centers throughout the World

Australasian Cochrane Centre Monash Institute of Health Services Research Monash Medical Centre Locked Bag 29 Clayton, Victoria 3168 AUSTRALIA Tel: +61 3 9594 7530 Fax: +61 3 9594 7554 Email: Web:

Brazilian Cochrane Centre (Centro Cochrane do Brasil) Rua Pedro de Toledo 598 Vila Clementino São Paulo CEP 04039-001 BRAZIL Tel: +55 11 5575 2970 Fax: +55 11 5579 0469 Email: Web:

Canadian Cochrane Centre Centre for Best Practice Institute of Population Health University of Ottawa 1 Stewart Street Ottawa Ontario K1N 6N5 CANADA Tel: +1 416 927 2027 ext 2193 Fax: +1 416 927 4167 Email: Web:

Chinese Cochrane Center West China Hospital Sichuan University No. 37 Guo Xue Xiang Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA Tel: +86 28 8542 2079/2078 Fax: +86 28 8542 2253/8558 2994 Email: Web:

Dutch Cochrane Centre Academic Medical Centre Meibergdreef 15, J1B-108 Postbus 22700 1100 DE Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 20 566 5602 Fax: +31 20 691 2683 Email: Web:

German Cochrane Centre (Deutsches Cochrane Zentrum) Institut für Medizinische Biometrie und Medizinische Informatik Stefan Meier Str 26 D-79104 Freiburg i. Br GERMANY Tel: +49 761 203 6715 Fax: +49 761 203 6712 Email: Web:

Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre (Centro Cochrane Iberoamericano) Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau Casa de Convalescència Sant Antoni M Claret 171 08041 Barcelona SPAIN Tel: +34 93 291 95 27 Fax: +34 93 291 95 25 Email: Web:

Italian Cochrane Centre (Centro Cochrane Italiano) Mario Negri Institute Via Eritrea 62 20157 Milano ITALY Tel: 39 02 3901 4327 Fax: 39 02 355 9048 Email: Web:

Nordic Cochrane Centre Rigshospitalet, Dept. 7112 Blegdamsvej 9 DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø DENMARK Tel: +45 3545 7112 Fax: +45 3545 7007 Email: Web:

South African Cochrane Centre Medical Research Council Francie van Zijl Drive Parowvallei PO Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505 Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA Tel: +27 21 938 0438 Fax: +27 21 938 0836 Email: Web:

UK Cochrane Centre NHS R&D Programme Summertown Pavilion 18-24 Middle Way Oxford OX2 7LG UK Tel: +44 1865 516300 Fax: +44 1865 516311 Email: Web:

US Cochrane Center Center for Clinical Trials Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health 615 N. Wolfe Street, Mail RM W5010 Baltimore, MD 21205 USA Tel: +1 410 502 4640 E-mail:

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Ovarian Ca Advocate joins Cochrane Collaboration

March 2003

Canadian Cochrane Symposium

October 21-22, 2003

Overviews of Cochrane Reviews in Complementary Medicine

Joint Project between Consumer Network and Complementary Med Field, posted 5/06

Identifying Research Gaps in CAM – Can a Cochrane Consumer Make a Difference?
The Cochrane Collaboration

Cochrane Collaboration: Evidence-based Healthcare
Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare

aka CUE

US Cochrane Center

LINK: Physically located at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD

Online Course: Understanding EBHC

LINK: to video/slides

Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action

Cochrane Collaboration LIBRARY

LINK: Plain language summaries are available to the public.

2011 Cochrane Colloquium - Madrid

CCNet - the Consumer Network for Cochrane reports on the conference - December 2011

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