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  • Brief description Systematic reviews of health interventions
  • Resource type References and abstracts, Trials and reviews


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Reviews of evidence based research in healthcare treatments or interventions.
Use to find the most effective, proven treatments for a specific condition NOT for current research or general topics.


Over 544,000 in 7 databases:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • Health Technology Assessment Database
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database.


Personal registration provides a “save search” function and “search history”. Browse by topic,
MeSH search, Advanced search limits by specific database, status (e.g. new) and date Export results feature. There is an add/view feedback option on the left hand menu of the Cochrane Review and Methodology.
Review Figures/table option in the Cochrane Reviews provides an odds-ratio diagram for the research.
The “Plain English” summary and “Authors conclusions” are useful for an overview of the results.

Search Tips

* wildcard and truncation
“” exact phrases
() for grouping

Automatically matches for plurals. Use “search history” to combine a free text search with a MeSH search to make sure that you have collected all possible results. 

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