Healthcare providers, consumers, researchers and policy makers areinundated with unmanageable amounts of information, includingevidence from healthcare research. It has become impossible for allto have the time and resources to find, appraise and interpret thisevidence and incorporate it into healthcare decisions. CochraneReviews respond to this challenge by identifying, appraising andsynthesizing research-based evidence and presenting it in astandardized format, published in The Cochrane Library (www.thecochranelibrary.com).
The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews ofInterventions contains methodological guidance for thepreparation and maintenance of Cochrane intervention reviews.Written in a clear and accessible format, it is the essentialmanual for all those preparing, maintaining and reading Cochranereviews. Many of the principles and methods described here areappropriate for systematic reviews applied to other types ofresearch and to systematic reviews of interventions undertaken byothers. It is hoped therefore that this book will be invaluable toall those who want to understand the role of systematic reviews,critically appraise published reviews or perform reviewsthemselves.