is the Cochrane Collaboration?
The Cochrane Collaboration
| The Cochrane
Eyes & Vision Group
is an international organisation that aims to help people make well-informed
decisions about healthcare by preparing, maintaining and promoting
the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare
is different about Cochrane reviews?
Cochrane systematic review is an up-to-date summary of the evidence
of the benefits and risks of interventions used for prevention,
treatment or rehabilitation in a healthcare setting. Cochrane systematic
reviews differ from traditional narrative reviews in several ways:
have a strict methodology that is stipulated in a published scientific
protocol. This sets out the parameters of the research to be undertaken
and minimises the chances of bias distorting the findings of the
do not represent the views of a selected expert, but aim to be
a genuine summary of all of the best evidence of effectiveness
of a given intervention, including published and unpublished trial
information, in English or in any other language.
focusing almost exclusively on randomised controlled trials, Cochrane
reviews by definition contain only the best evidence.
reviews are updated as new evidence becomes available or in response
to post-publication comments.
are Cochrane reviews used?
reviews contribute to a number of key functions in modern health
care. As evidence-based medicine becomes increasingly widespread,
it is likely that any agency wishing to develop clinical practice
guidelines will consult the Cochrane Library. A major outcome from
the systematic review process is the identification of important
gaps in the evidence of clinical effectiveness and to point to priority
areas for clinical research. Individual consumers of health care
have increasing access to health information and from this can take
an active role in decisions about their own health care.
is the Cochrane Library?
Library is published quarterly on CD-ROM and on the Internet,
and is available by subscription. In addition to the Cochrane Database
of Systematic Reviews, the Cochrane Library contains a number of
databases relevant to evidence-based medicine, including the Cochrane
Controlled Trials Register, and the Cochrane Review Methodology
here to login to the Cochrane Library (free to internet users
in the UK, Ireland, Norway, and Finland).
Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group
Eyes and Vision Group registered with the Cochrane Collaboration
in April 1997. It is an international network of individuals working
to prepare, maintain and promote access to systematic reviews of
interventions to prevent or treat eye diseases and/or visual impairment,
or that aim to help people adjust to visual impairment or blindness.
Group has a strategy for prioritisation that emphasises major causes
of blindness in the world and areas where there is wide variation
in clinical practice and outcomes.
main outcome for the Group is visual function, which can be assessed
in a variety of ways including measurement of visual acuity, assessment
of visual field, and assessment of vision related quality of life.
Other outcomes are included as necessary within individual reviews.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Group please
contact the Review Group Co-ordinator email@example.com
or visit the Cochrane
Eyes and Vision Group website