The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases of information about the effects of health care interventions or diagnostic tests.

The databases, whose content is available free and in full text format to users in the UK, are:

  1. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
  2. Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  3. Cochrane Methodology Register
  4. Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
  5. Health Technology Assessment Database
  6. NHS Economic Evaluation Database

The CDSR includes all Cochrane Reviews (and protocols) prepared by Cochrane Review Groups in The Cochrane Collaboration. Each Cochrane Review is a peer-reviewed systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team) in The Cochrane Collaboration according to the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions or Cochrane Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews.