INTEGRATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARY - COCHRANE CENTRAL
Founded in 1993, Cochrane is a global nonprofit network of more than 50,000 people from more than 130 countries, researchers, educators and clinicians working to ensure that clinical treatment worldwide is based on scientific evidence that is unbiased, independently assessed and quality checked.
Cochrane Systematic Reviews are part of the Cochrane Library, a vast collection of databases that contain different types of high quality, independent evidence, such as systematic reviews, to inform healthcare decision-making.
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews is the most referenced health resource on Wikipedia, followed by the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet; 80% of World Health Organization guidelines use Cochrane reviews.
Special note: In order to guarantee authoritative and reliable information, unconstrained or limited by commercial or financial interests, the organization does not accept commercial or conflict-of-interest funding.
Finding integrative medicine trials
The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Most CENTRAL records are taken from bibliographic databases (mainly PubMed and Embase), but records are also derived from other published and unpublished sources, including CINAHL, ClinicalTrials.gov and the WHO's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform. In addition to bibliographic details (author, source, year, etc.) CENTRAL records will often include an abstract.
How to get involved
You can play an integral role ensuring that research evidence addresses important questions and is produced, presented and made available in a way that’s useful in making difficult decisions about healthcare. Below you will find various different ways of getting involved with Cochrane.
Support the work of Cochrane Review Groups and Fields
You can also get in touch directly with a Cochrane Review Group or Field in the area of your interest to see if there are opportunities for you to contribute, for example, as a co-author, peer reviewer or helping to identify important research questions.
Join the scientists of Cochrane
Anyone can join this collaborative volunteer effort to help categorize and summarize healthcare evidence so that we can make better healthcare decisions. You can volunteer to carry out short tasks and you’ll be walked through everything you need to know. Just sixty seconds a day could be really helpful!
Cochrane TaskExchange is a software platform that connects people who need help with their reviews with people who have the time and expertise to help. Joining and setting up your profile in Cochrane TaskExchange is easy and then you can search for tasks that match your interests and skills.
Become a Peer Reviewer
You can read and comment on systematic reviews and protocols on topics you have experience of, in order to make sure they’re relevant, accessible and sensitive to other consumers like you. You’ll find requests for consumer peer reviewers on TaskExchange