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Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is produced by the Cochrane Collaboration, a global and independent association of scientists, doctors and other healthcare professionals.

It comprises several databases:

  • Cochrane Reviews und Protocols

    contains systematic reviews in full text and protocols of ongoing reviews, which have been prepared according to the methodology of the Cochrane Collaboration and are regularly updated. Each review assesses the effectiveness of a medical intervention and summarises previous research. The Cochrane Library records are also included in PubMed.

    On the start page you can also search the reviews by topic ("Browse by Topic").

  • Trials

    primarily contains records of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or controlled clinical trials (CCTs) - a total of over 1.5 million.

    On the one hand, these records refer to published articles mainly from PubMed and EMBASE*, and to a small extent from other sources (handsearching).

    In addition, there are data sets from the study registries ClinicalTrials.gov and WHO ICTRP, with links to the registry entries.

    *A comprehensive literature database from the field of medicine, which is only partially identical with PubMed and is not licensed at the University of Heidelberg.

  • Cochrane Clinical Answers

    Summaries of selected Cochrane Reviews, see About


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