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Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)

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Cochrane Collaboration

Cochrane exists so that healthcare decisions get better; and our Strategy to 2020 aims to put Cochrane evidence at the heart of health decision-making all over the world. It organizes our work around four goals:

Goal 1: Producing evidence

To produce high-quality, relevant, up-to-date systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence to inform health decision making. There are now over 7,500 Cochrane Systematic Reviews which we publish in the Cochrane Library. We also play a key role in developing new methods in evidence synthesis.

Goal 2: Making our evidence accessible

We want to make Cochrane evidence accessible and useful to everybody, everywhere in the world. We translate the Plain Language Summaries of Cochrane Reviews into 14 languages, work closely with consumers and patients to ensure our content is easily understandable, and make the Cochrane Library freely available to 3.66 billion people around the world.

Goal 3: Advocating for evidence:

We aim to make Cochrane the ‘home of evidence’ to inform health decision making, build greater recognition of our work, and become the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care.

Goal 4: Building an effective and sustainable organization:

We aspire to be a diverse, inclusive, and transparent international organization that effectively harnesses the enthusiasm and skills of our contributors, is guided by our principles, governed accountably, managed efficiently, and makes optimal use of our resources.

Cochrane Evidence Essentials