Utility of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews for evidence-based health policy and practice: A case study

Helen Handoll, R. Madhok

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Abstract

Systematic reviews provide good evidence for formulating health policy and for informing clinical practice. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), published within The Cochrane Library, is the largest and most comprehensive source of systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. This is an account of a project set up to examine and enhance the utility of the CDSR in informing health policy and clinical practice in the East Riding and Hull Health Authority. The project aimed to produce summary documents listing the conditions or diseases reviewed, the statements of evidence/effect and, where available, conclusions for policy/practice for all the reviews of individual Collaborative Review Groups (CRGs). This paper reports and discusses the experiences gleaned from this project. The limited number of topics reviewed in the healthcare areas selected for study, the lack of support for the outputs by the policy makers and overlap with other efforts caused the premature curtailment of the project. There are important lessons for policy makers, practitioners and researchers in terms of promoting evidence-based policy and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Excellence
Volume3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2001

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