Vision, Mission and Principles


Cochrane is an international non-profit and independent organisation, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions. Visit Cochrane Website

Our vision
Our vision is a world of improved health where decisions about health and health care are informed by high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence.

Our mission
Our mission is to promote evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.

Our work is internationally recognized as the benchmark for high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care.

Our principles
Cochrane's work is based on ten key principles:

1Collaborationby 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 effortby good management, co-ordination and effective internal communications to maximize economy of effort.
4Minimizing 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.