CSU has a number of evidence based medicine databases available to staff and students. Evidence based medicine databases provide a link between research and clinical practice. They enable searches on specific clinical problems to find health care management strategies.
One of the suppliers of evidence based information is the Cochrane collaboration. “The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit and independent organisation, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide.” (http://www.cochrane.org/).
CSU’s collection includes the following databases via the OVID set of databases:
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
The register provides abstracts on over 400,000 reports of trials identified by Cochrane contributors. The trials come from all countries regardless of language in an effort to produce unbiased data for systematic reviews.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (COCH) : the reviews are presented in 2 sections:
Complete reviews – over 2000 full text articles reviewing the effects of specific health care management strategies. The data are often combined statistically (a meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous small studies.
Protocols – information about reviews in preparation including the background, rationale and methods.
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) provides a “critical assessment of systematic reviews” (http://www.cochrane.org/) including the strengths and weaknesses of the reviews and the implications for clinical practice.
ACP Journal Club (ACP) (American College of Physicians) journal club (not part of the Cochrane Collaboration) provides an abstract on selected methodologically sound studies from top clinical journals, as well as commentary on the value of the article.