A methodical and up-to-date summary of reliable scientific evidence of the risks and benefits associated with various care interventions.
Note: Systematic Cochrane reviews are intended to facilitate decision making in health matters. To be called a “Cochrane review,” a review must be in the Parent Database maintained by the Cochrane Collaboration. This database is composed of modules of systemic reviews. The reviews are placed in one of the modules on the recommendation of the editorial team of one of the collaborative review groups (CRGs) registered with the Cochrane Collaboration. The authors of the systemic reviews must adhere to the guidelines published in the Cochrane Reviewers’ Handbook. The methodology of a systematic Cochrane review is prepared using the Review Manager (RevMan) software produced by the Collaboration and adheres to a structured format defined in the Handbook.