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Our principles

Cochrane's work is based on ten key principles:

by fostering global co-operation, teamwork, and open and transparent communication and decision-­making.
2Building on the enthusiasm of individualsby involving, supporting and training people of different skills and backgrounds.
3Avoiding duplication of effort
by good management, co-ordination and effective internal communications to maximise economy of effort.
4Minimising biasthrough a variety of approaches such as scientific rigour, ensuring broad participation, and avoiding conflicts of interest.
5Keeping up-to-dateby a commitment to ensure that Cochrane Systematic Reviews are maintained through identification and incorporation of new evidence.
6Striving for relevanceby promoting the assessment of health questions using outcomes that matter to people making choices in health and health care.
7Promoting accessby wide dissemination of our outputs, taking advantage of strategic alliances, and by promoting appropriate access models and delivery solutions to meet the needs of users worldwide.
8Ensuring qualityby applying advances in methodology, developing systems for quality improvement, and being open and responsive to criticism.
9Continuityby ensuring that responsibility for reviews, editorial processes and key functions is maintained and renewed.
10Enabling wide participationin our work by reducing barriers to contributing and by encouraging diversity.

More information on our principles, goals and objectives is available in the Cochrane Organisational Policy Manual, sections 1.1 and 1.2.

Updated on: January 16, 2014, 10:20

Comments for improvement or correction are welcome.