What is Cochrane?
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, health professionals, patients, carers and other people interested in health. We are a not-for-profit organization with 11.000 members and more than 68.000 supporters from more than 130 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. We do this by producing reviews published online in the Cochrane library that summarize the best available evidence generated through research to inform decisions about health. These reviews are recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields and our groups are situated in some of the world’s most respected academic and medical institutions.
Contributors are affiliated with the organization through Cochrane groups, which are healthcare-related review groups, thematic networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centers. There is no one place or office that is 'Cochrane'. Our contributors and groups are based all around the world. Each group is a 'mini-organization' in itself, with its own funding, website, and workload.
What is Cochrane Sweden?
Cochrane Sweden is the local center of Cochrane in Sweden. The aim of Cochrane Sweden is to facilitate the creation of systematic reviews in Sweden, to promote the use of systematic reviews and promote the use of Cochrane's method to examine and review scientific literature.
Cochrane Sweden was launched in May 2017 and is located in Lund. The center is funded by Region Skåne, Lunds Universitet och Västra Götalandsregionen. This makes Cochrane Sweden established in Sweden, as well as in our neighboring countries Norway och Finland.
Our main aim is:
- To introduce authors of systematic reviews and other researchers to Cochranes methods and to support Swedish authors to prepare, publish and update their Cochrane-reviews.
- To promote evidence-based practice in Sweden, by supplying and promoting material and content produced by Cochrane and facilitate the use of Cochrane systematic reviews as the basis for informed decisions in health.
Our hope with a formal Cochrane center in Sweden is that it could contribute to the spread of the ideas that influence the Cochrane collaboration, and that more people in Sweden would be able to contribute to the production and dissemination of Cochrane evidence.
How can I get more information about what Cochrane Sweden is working on?
You can follow our work through our newsletter which is sent our once a month.
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