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What is Cochrane and Why Am I Blogging About It?

The following entry was posted by Annette McKinnon, Consumer Advocate, on her blog Here's Your Gold Watch: Cochrane is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization. They have 31,000 volunteers around the world working on organizing medical research information in a systematic way so that patients, policy makers,...

The Wonderful World of Cochrane: What you can find when you least expect it, and need it most

I've had rheumatoid arthritis since 1992, but it wasn't until I joined Patient Partners in Arthritis that I heard about Cochrane.  Five years into my disease, I had long since stopped waiting for a magic bullet to come along to fix me and had started taking my medication armamentarium a lot more seriously.  I turned to Cochrane to give...

In the Cochrane model, patients are experts

Patients are central to the work of Cochrane. This goes back to the founding of the collaboration in 1993, when patients were recruited to the first board of directors. Patients continue their oversight role for the collaboration, and patients are members of Cochrane Canada’s own advisory board. But the contribution of patients goes well beyond...