The Cochrane Library EAL (Enhanced Access License) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making which summarize and interpret the results of medical research. These summaries of well-conducted controlled trials are a key resource in evidence-based medicine. Plain language summaries are also available for increased accessibility by the general public. The Cochrane Library is owned by Cochrane and published by John Wiley & Sons.
The key user groups of the Cochrane Library – those that use the content to inform healthcare decisions – are clinicians and healthcare workers, researchers (including information specialists and guideline developers), students, consumers (including patients and carers), and policy-makers.
The Library includes the following:
- The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care. Each Cochrane Review is a systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team). The CDSR includes systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research. The Cochrane Library aims to make the results of well-conducted controlled trials readily available and is a key resource in evidence-based medicine.
- Editorials aim to stimulate discussion and ideas around the development of evidence synthesis to promote good decision-making in clinical care and health policy. The Editor in Chief may commission editorials linked to Cochrane Reviews of interest or on topics likely to be of interest to a broad readership.
- The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. In addition to bibliographic details (author, title, source, year, etc.) CENTRAL records often include an abstract (a summary of the article). They do not contain the full text of the article.
- Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision-making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals, our target audience. The evidence is displayed in a user-friendly tabulated format that includes narratives, data, and links to graphics. Cochrane Clinical Answers were developed by Cochrane Innovations and Wiley.
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