The Best of the Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international group of 28,000 volunteers who sit around organizing research, examining the evidence behind medicine and therapeutic techniques, writing easy to read summaries of their findings, and generally improving the state of information.

And nobody told me about it.

Guys, I’m so disappointed. There I am, at work, hunting down a specific paper and I run across this MASSIVE DATABASE OF EVIDENTIARY REVIEWS, that’s just been sitting there! Waiting for me! And nobody every told me that it was there.

So of course, I got completely sucked into it….for weeks.

Which leaves me with a series of favorite reviews.

Those ‘scared straight’ programs? They’re a horrible idea.

Exercise can have a small effect on some of the symptoms of depression…it’s better than nothing at all, but not by much.

In other frustrating news, we don’t really know how to prevent sex offenders from reoffending.

CBT for people with chronic pain or disability?

Hormonal birth control in overweight women. (BMI based, I know. Sigh.)

Go forth and investigate! (And post the interesting/relevant/surprising ones in the comments. 


  1. Mandagator says

    This is absolutely fantastic. Where have you been all my life (read: college)?

  2. Kate Donovan says

    Right?! So. Many. Studies.

    Aaand, the PEARLS/plain English summaries make me feel not-guilty for linking non-researchers to this.

  3. Brian Engler says

    This is a great resource! I’d heard of The Cochrane Collaboration but not in any detail until I recently read Ben Goldacre’s 2012 “Bad Pharma.” Strongly recommend you check that out if you haven’t already. An eye-opening expose of drug testing and the real harm done by publication bias. Thanks for the link.

  4. Eristae says

    Whoa! Scared straight programs actually make things worse? I always figured they just didn’t do anything.

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