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QuestionWhat is the difference between a Cochrane Clinical Answer and Cochrane Library?
Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in the Cochrane Collaboration.

• Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
• Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
• Cochrane Methodology Register
• Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
• Health Technology Assessment Database
• NHS Economic Evaluation Database
• About The Cochrane Collaboration

Editor in Chief: Dr David Tovey is the first Editor in Chief of Cochrane Library (since 2009) and oversees the CDSR content.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. publishes Cochrane Library. Deborah Pentesco-Gilbert, publisher, can be contacted at: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8SQ, UK. Email:

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.

The CDSR includes all Cochrane Reviews (and protocols) prepared by Cochrane Review Groups in the Cochrane Collaboration. Each Cochrane Review is a peer-reviewed systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team) in the Cochrane Collaboration according to the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions or Cochrane Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews.

Impact factor

The 2010 Impact Factor for the CDSR is 6.186. The CDSR is ranked in the Top Ten of the Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) "Medicine, General & Internal" category.

If you are interested in attending an Impact Factor Webinar, please contact Gavin Stewart Telephone: +44 (0)1243 770 686.

Cochrane Clinical Answers is a derivative product of Cochrane Library. The product aims to provide a readable, digestible entry point to the high-quality research from Cochrane systematic reviews to inform your decision making at the point of care. They are presented in a question and answer format.

Should a Cochrane Clinical Answer exist for a Systematic Review within The Cochrane Library, notification of this would be given on the absract page of the Systematic Review.
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