Free patient access to Cochrane

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 51 , No. 7 , September 2009 , Pages 291 News

The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre recently opened access to the full content of the Cochrane Library, an online resource that provides evaluations on health treatments.

The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre, in partnership with the Canadian Health Libraries Association, has successfully secured a national licence to the Cochrane Library. In essence, the licence provides a subscription for every Canadian with access to the Internet to benefit from the immense volume of health information found there.

While this new access will help inform patients, health care providers will also benefit from this pilot project. Health care practitioners will save valuable time researching the best patient treatment options through easy access to this wealth of health information. This online resource is available at thecochranelibrary.com.

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About the ICMJE and citation styles

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