The Cochrane Collaboration
This international consortium of doctors and biostatisticians (some volunteer, some staff) has combed through, to date, more than 5,000 tests and treatments to tease out evidence of benefit, or lack thereof. The site’s stock-in-trade is the meta-analysis, combining and re-analyzing data from past studies. Many of its meta-analyses, widely admired in the medical world for their rigor, have challenged received medical wisdom. Summaries of the reviews are available free of charge on the website.
How to Navigate:
- You can peruse medical news on the opening page, then go to the top of the page, on the left-hand side, and click on “Cochrane Reviews.”
- On the next page, top left, under “Cochrane Reviews,” click on “Browse free summaries.” You can enter a particular search term in the search box or, underneath the box, click on “Browse health topics” for a full menu of Cochrane reviews and podcasts. The reviews include over 300 “PEARLS” (“Practical Evidence About Real Life Situations”) that have been selected out for their real world usefulness.