Cochrane Collaboration



This international organization supports informed health care decision-making by preparing, updating, and making available systematic reviews of effects of health practices. There is broad consensus about the high overall quality of Cochrane systematic reviews, which are prepared and updated by over 50 groups focusing on different topical areas. The Pregnancy and Childbirth and the Neonatal review groups are of special interest to maternal and newborn care. Some reviews from other review groups include relevant content.

The Cochrane Library (updated monthly) is the main product of the Cochrane Collaboration. This exceptional resource of "independent high-quality evidence for health care decision making" includes a series of databases. In addition to The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (with over 4,000 systematic reviews or protocols that are being used to develop systematic reviews), this publication includes a register of controlled trials (CENTRAL, with about 500,000 records), a methodology bibliography (with over 7,500 records), the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA), NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED), and more.

Work to systematically identify, summarize, and present the best available evidence about effects of maternity practices began in the 1970s, led to the establishment of the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993, and continues through its Pregnancy and Childbirth and Neonatal Groups. This clinical area ushered in the era of evidence-based practice and as a result has a relatively rich body of systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration and others.

Below are selected resources for learning more and gaining access to the reviews.

"Online source" indicates that the resource is available online without charge. Cost-free registration may be required for access to some items with this designation.


About the Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Library
Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group
Cochrane Neonatal Group




About the Cochrane Collaboration

About the Cochrane Collaboration and How to Get Involved, Cochrane Collaboration.

Cochrane: the reliable source of evidence in health care, Cochrane Collaboration.

The Cochrane Collaboration: a brief introduction.
(Online Source, PDF)


The Cochrane Library

About Cochrane Systematic Reviews and Protocols, Cochrane Collaboration.

About The Cochrane Library, Cochrane Collaboration.

How to use The Cochrane Library, Cochrane Collaboration.

The Cochrane Library, Wiley InterScience.
[Subscription required for full-text access; some countries but not the United States have national subscriptions; free worldwide access to abstracts and plain language summaries and some additional content]

The Cochrane Library: an introduction, Cochrane Collaboration.

The Cochrane Library user guides
(PDF), Wiley InterScience.

Evidence-based Medicine Reviews (EBMR), Ovid.
(By Subscription, includes The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and Cochrane CENTRAL controlled trial register)

NICS guide to The Cochrane Library, National Institute for Clinical Studies and Australasian Cochrane Centre.


Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Aims & Responsibilities.

Enkin M, Keirse MJNC, Neilson J, Crowther C, Duley L, Hodnett E, Hofmeyr J. A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Hofmeyr GJ, Neilson JP, Zarko A, et al. Pregnancy and childbirth: a Cochrane pocket book. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2008.


Cochrane Neonatal Group

Cochrane Neonatal Review Group.

Faleh A, Al-Omran M. Reporting and methodologic quality of Cochrane Neonatal Review Group systematic reviews. BMC Pediatr. 2009;17(9):38.
(Online Source, PDF)

NICHD Cochrane Neonatal Home Page, National Institutes of Health.
(with full text of all systematic reviews prepared by Cochrane Neonatal Group)

McGuire W, Fowlie PW, Soll RF. What has the Cochrane collaboration ever done for newborn infants? Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2010;95(1):F2-6.

Sinclair JC, Haughton DE, Bracken MB, Horbar JD, Soll RF. Cochrane neonatal systematic reviews: a survey of the evidence for neonatal therapies. Clin Perinatol. 2003;30(2):285-304.

Soll RF, Updating reviews: the experience of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2008;22 (Suppl 1):29-32.

Soll RF. The Cochrane Neonatal Review Group: who we are and what we have done. Evidence-based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal. 2010;5(1):3-10.


Most recent page update: 11/21/2011


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