The Cochrane Stroke Group has been a part of Cochrane since August 1993. Cochrane is an international organisation that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about healthcare by 'preparing, maintaining, and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions'.
Cochrane systematic reviews (published in The Cochrane Library) bring together all the available evidence relating to a clearly formulated healthcare question for evaluation and synthesis, using predetermined criteria and explicit methods designed to limit bias.
The aims and responsibilities of the Cochrane Stroke Group are:
- To produce high quality Cochrane reviews for publication in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, available on The Cochrane Library
- To ensure that reviews published in The Cochrane Library are updated as new evidence becomes available
- To establish and maintain a truly comprehensive Specialised Register of Stroke Trials containing published, unpublished, ongoing and planned trials of interventions in the prevention of stroke, and the acute treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients
- To carry out searches for all relevant published and unpublished trials using various overlapping search strategies
The Cochrane Stroke Group's Editorial Office is based in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh Medical School at Little France in Edinburgh, UK, and has been funded by the Chief Scientist Office (part of the Scottish Executive Health Department) since January 1994.
The Editorial Team comprises:
|Co-ordinating Editor||Peter Langhorne, Glasgow, UK|
|Co-ordinating Editor||Gillian Mead, Edinburgh, UK|
|Managing Editor||Hazel Fraser, Edinburgh, UK|
|Trials Search Co-ordinator||Brenda Thomas, Edinburgh, UK|
|Computer Programmer||Alison McInnes, Edinburgh, UK|
Ale Algra, Utrecht, The Netherlands
|Post Publication Comments Editor||Eivind Berge, Oslo, Norway|
|Statistical Editor||Steff Lewis, Edinburgh, UK|