UK Cochrane Centre archive (20th C.)
Founded in 1992, the Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent, not-for-profit organisation of over 28,000 contributors from more than 100 countries, dedicated to producing up-to-date, accurate summaries of the results of reliable research about the effects of health care. Contributors work together to produce systematic reviews of healthcare interventions, known as Cochrane Reviews, which are published online in The Cochrane Library. Cochrane Reviews are intended to help providers, practitioners and patients make evidence-based decisions about health care. The archive is divided into records belonging to four sections of the Cochrane Collaboration: (1) Collaborative Review Groups, which prepare, maintain and update Cochrane Systematic Reviews, (2) Methods Groups, which frame and improve the methodology for conducting Systematic Reviews (3) International Cochrane Centres, (4) Administrative.
Date range: 1984-2007
Strengths: An essential resource for the study of the history of evidence-based healthcare in the UK. The personal papers of the founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, and Director of the UK Cochrane Centre, Sir Iain Chalmers, are also held at Special Collections and Archives.
Size: 40 boxes, 11 metres
Keywords: Healthcare, systematic reviews, epidemiology, diseases, mental illness, complementary medicine
Notes: As far as possible, archival order is in accordance with the original filing system, as received from the Cochrane Collaboration’s Oxford office. File titles are given as recorded on original file folders. For other papers related to epidemiology, see the Sir Iain Chalmers archive, John Pemberton archive, and the Centre for the History of Evaluation in Health Care, which includes papers of the Cochrane Secretariat, Miles Irving, Walter Holland, Fiona Godlee, Muir Gray, David Bainton, Bill Miall, Adrian Grant and Peter Armitage. Papers for Archie Cochrane and Austin Bradford Hill are also held, at Archie Cochrane Library, Llandough.